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Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Concern that religious freedom legislation has been leaked

Conservative group Family Voice Australia has reportedly emailed its members detailed information about the government’s planned religious freedom legislation indicating that the proposed legislation has been leaked. The Star Observer discovered that the group’s leader Charles Newington emailed their members outlining the specific legislation details. “Three pieces of legislation are to be introduced: a Religious Discrimination Bill; […]

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Rex Patrick asks if religious debate shows Australians are too sensitive

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has asked if calls for religious freedom legislation are trying to solve the perception of a problem, rather than actual problem. In a new interview with Guardian Australia, the South Australian senator says the problem might be that Australians are just becoming “too sensitive” about things. If the Labor party ends up […]

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Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

LGBTI equality advocates have welcomed a commitment from federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, that proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws will not interfere with existing state and territory discrimination protections. But they remain concerned about “the devil in the detail” of federal legislation, and have called on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to give an iron-clad […]

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Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

LGBTI groups and individuals are being urged to make their views known to the Federal Government about proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws. Advocacy group just.equal is concerned that the government has announced a consultation process involving MPs and religious groups, but it has not been clear if LGBTI groups will also be consulted. Just.equal […]

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Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants a broader religious freedom act

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells wants a broader religious freedom act

While the Morrison government has declared bringing in a legislation to outlaw religious discrimination is a top priority, one of their own is calling for a broader and more wide ranging piece of legislation to be introduced. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells told parliament on Tuesday night that rather than a religious discrimination act, a broader religious freedom […]

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Senator Fierravanti-Wells says call to protect LGBTI students was a furphy

Senator Fierravanti-Wells says call to protect LGBTI students was a furphy

At the end of the first week of parliament for 2019 Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells delivered a speech welcoming the government’s decision to refer the legislation to protect LGBTI students from being expelled from schools to the Law Reform Commission. Senator Fierravanti-Wells says the idea that students could be discriminated against in any way “is a furphy”, […]

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Tim Wilson disagrees with Concetta Fierravanti-Wells about marriage debate

Tim Wilson disagrees with Concetta Fierravanti-Wells about marriage debate

Liberal MP Tim Wilson says people need to respect the democratic process that brought about same-sex marriage. Yesterday Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells announced her resignation from the Turnbull government’s ministry by publishing a scathing letter criticising the Prime Minister leadership. Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the party was hemorrhaging votes to the ‘right’ because it no longer represented conservative […]

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Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells resigns citing the marriage debate

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells resigns citing the marriage debate

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has resigned as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Senator Fierravanti-Wells said there were many reasons she was no longer supporting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull including last year’s debate over marriage equality. While the Prime Minister was vocal supporter of allowing same-sex couples to wed, the New South Wales senator was strongly […]

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Lyle Shelton says senators who voted against marriage bill are courageous

Lyle Shelton says senators who voted against marriage bill are courageous

The Coalition for Marriage has praised the senators who voted against or abstained from voting on the marriage bill. In a statement Lyle Shelton, who is also the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, said the senators who didn’t support the bill had shown a courageous commitment to freedom. Voting against the bill was the […]

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Concetta Fierravanti-Wells warns government will lose seats

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells warns government will lose seats

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has warned the government may lose seats in a federal election if they show support for marriage equality. The Assistant Minister for Multiculturalism was speaking at the National Press Club on Wednesday. “A coalition policy that directly supports same-sex marriage could place under threat some of our most marginal seats which have […]

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