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OPINION: Lessons for WA in Tasmania’s weak conversion ban bill

OPINION: Lessons for WA in Tasmania’s weak conversion ban bill

OPINION In 2021, Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews passed the best legislation in the world to prevent and abolish LGBTQA+ Conversion Practices. It was praised by survivors and denounced by religious conservatives. It remains the “gold standard” for a bill of its kind. Now that Victoria has the best legislation, which state has the worst? […]

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WA’s commitment to ending conversion practices welcomed

WA’s commitment to ending conversion practices welcomed

LGBTIQA+ rights groups have welcomed the announcement from Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan regarding banning conversion therapy practices. Ending Conversion Practices WA said they were heartened by the Western Australian Government’s announcement that it intends to criminalise practices that seek to change or suppress an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. “We have a vision for […]

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Report recommends WA bring in laws against conversion therapy

Report recommends WA bring in laws against conversion therapy

BREAKING NEWS A report into the activities at Perth’s religious based facility Esther House has highlighted Western Australia’s lack of legislation specifically outlawing conversion practices and suppression practices that aim to change a person’s sexuality or gender. The report from parliament’s Education and Health Standing Committee looked into complaints and allegations concerning the Esther Foundation […]

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Vietnam tells health workers to stop treating homosexuality as an illness

Vietnam tells health workers to stop treating homosexuality as an illness

Vietnam’s health authorities have issued a directive to doctors and health professionals across the country instructing them to stop treating homosexuality as an illness. The move has been seen as a major progression for LGBTIQA+ rights in the country. The directive told health workers that they should treat LGBTQ+ people with respect and ensure they […]

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Tasmanian doctors voice their support for conversion therapy bans

Tasmanian doctors voice their support for conversion therapy bans

Forty Tasmanian doctors have signed an open letter to Tasmania’s politicians in support of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute’s recommendation for a ban on LGBTIQA+ conversion practices. The open letter was organised by GPs, Dr Miranda Hann and Dr Shannon Lovell-Greene. Dr Hann said conversion therapy and toehr change and suppression techniques can cause significant […]

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Singaporeans alarmed by ‘conversion therapy’ promotion

Singaporeans alarmed by ‘conversion therapy’ promotion

Singaporeans have shared their concern about a new business which appeared to promote conversion practices. Images of a business named Neil Conversion Clinic spread online with the sign outside the business listing conversion therapy practices for SD$300.00 per hour, or a discounted rate of SD$555.00 for a double session. @liveleaveleefu gotta be kidding me…♬ abcdefu […]

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WA government’s lack of action on conversion therapy in the spotlight

WA government’s lack of action on conversion therapy in the spotlight

The Western Australian government has been asked to take legislative action against conversion therapy. The government is currently holding a parliamentary inquiry into the operation of Esther House, a substance abuse facility that has been accused of using suppression and change practices as part of their treatment program. Previous clients of the facility have shared […]

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Theresa May calls for gender conversion practice ban

Theresa May calls for gender conversion practice ban

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged currently leader Boris Johnson to include a ban on gender based conversion and suppression practices when considering proposed legislation. Back in March the British government signaled that it might completely drop plans to bring in laws banning conversion therapy practices. Following a public backlash the plan was […]

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Tasmania Premier Jeremy Rockliff backs conversion practice ban

Tasmania Premier Jeremy Rockliff backs conversion practice ban

Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban conversion practices in his state. The Liberal premier said his Liberal government would be acting on the recommendations of a report from the Tasmanian Law Reform Commission which made 16 recommendations for legislative change. “I support acting on the recommendations of the […]

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Parliamentary inquiry to investigate Esther House conversion practices

Parliamentary inquiry to investigate Esther House conversion practices

The Western Australian government will investigate the operations of The Esther Foundation, a Perth based residential facility that claims to provide support for women and girls experiencing mental health concerns and substance abuse challenges. The facility has been running for over two decades, and is linked to the Without Walls church in North Perth. The […]

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