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Dean Smith: PM’s ‘gender whisperer’ comments were unnecessary

Dean Smith: PM’s ‘gender whisperer’ comments were unnecessary

Western Australian senator Dean Smith has described the Prime Ministers failure to stand up to gay conversion therapy and recent comments about ‘gender whisperers’ as “unfortunate and unnecessary”. “The comments I think were unfortunate and unnecessary by Scott Morrison.” Senator Smith said. Senator Smith was speaking on a panel at the 2nd Australian Ally Conference […]

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PrEP subsidies to begin in April as Truvada lands on the PBS

PrEP subsidies to begin in April as Truvada lands on the PBS

Game-changing HIV prevention medication known as PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) will be subsidised as of April 2018 following an announcement from the federal government today. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed today that PrEP (branded as Truvada) will become part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from the first of April, with a $180 million subsidy […]

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Dean Smith wins the inaugural McKinnon Prize Political Leader of the Year

Dean Smith wins the inaugural McKinnon Prize Political Leader of the Year

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has been awarded a new prize for political leadership. Senator Smith was named the inaugural recipient of the McKinnon Prize Political Leader of the Year. The award is given by the Susan McKinnon Foundation and the University of Melbourne. Among the judging panel was former prime ministers Julia Gillard and John Howard, alongside […]

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Senator Dean Smith takes up role as ambassador for PFLAG Perth

Senator Dean Smith takes up role as ambassador for PFLAG Perth

The Western Australian branch of PFLAG, the Parent and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, marked their 28th anniversary over the weekend as committee members from across the group’s long history met at Senator Dean Smith’s West Perth office. PFLAG announced that Senator Smith had agreed to take on an Ambassador role for the organisation. Denise […]

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Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill has passed through the lower house of parliament, bringing marriage equality into Australian law. Following the ‘Yes’ result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey the co-sponsored bill has been hotly debated for the last two weeks, but remains unchanged by amendments from conservatives and The Greens. Amendments put forward […]

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House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

The House of Representatives has finished the second reading of Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill and progressed to discussing a series of proposed amendments to the legislation. Three days of speeches from over 100 members of parliament came to an end this morning. Among the hundreds of speeches that have been delivered over the last […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Religious leaders are calling on the government to insert amendments for religious freedom into Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill before it becomes law. A group of Anglican Bishops however have broken ranks and declared their support for the bill in its current format. The Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes is leading a group of seven […]

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PM to support amendments to Smith marriage bill in lower house

PM to support amendments to Smith marriage bill in lower house

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will support some amendments to Senator Dean Smith’s cross-party marriage bill when it reaches the House of Representatives next week. The bill, which was debated over three days in the Senate this week, passed the upper house unamended – despite numerous attempts from Liberal Senators James Paterson, David Fawcett […]

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Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Following the success of Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill in the upper house today, the Senate has also passed a motion calling for money not spent on the postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. The motion put forward by the Australian Greens urges the government to move the $20 million allocated for, […]

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