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Advocates call for case studies of discrimination in private schools

Advocates for WA’s LGBTI community have called for more people to come forward and provide case studies of discrimination within private and religious schools. Under Western Australian law, LGBTI teachers and staff can be sacked, students can be expelled and enrolments from same-sex families denied. Recent high profile cases of discrimination include the removal of […]

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Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Equality advocates have repeated their calls for the Labor party to adopt a policy of scrapping existing legal exemptions that allow LGBTI people to be sacked or refused service by faith-based schools, hospitals and charities. The call comes after Deputy Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek (pictured), defended such exemptions saying “we’re not proposing to change any […]

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just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

Australian LGBTI advocacy group just.equal have launched a petition to combat any roll back of anti-discrimination laws following the passage of marriage equality. The group are concerned that the Prime Minister’s inquiry into religious freedom, led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, may see protections for LGBTI people revoked. “The current religious freedom movement has […]

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Carissa Wright helps #shinealightforlife this Festive Season

The festive season, for many Australians, is a time filled with positive associations of giving and appreciating what they have in the company of loved ones. Unfortunately, for others, it is a time filled with added pressures of expectation or reminders of loss, which can lead to increased levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness. Because […]

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Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

An national fellowship of Christian Schools are asking for no changes to be made to legal exemptions that allow faith-based schools to discriminate based on sexuality, following the removal of a gay teacher from a Perth college. The West Australian have reported that Christian Schools Australia have written to Attorney General John Quigley and Education Minister […]

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Malcolm Turnbull disagrees with Kevin Andrews views on discrimination

Malcolm Turnbull disagrees with Kevin Andrews views on discrimination

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described former Minister Kevin Andrews comments endorsing discrimination as “extraordinary”. Following today’s decisive win by the ‘Yes’ campaign on the issue of marriage equality, Andrews told Sky News that he was in favour of introducing laws that allowed people to discriminate on the basis on sexuality and religion. Andrews told […]

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PrideFEAST to discuss why businesses should embrace LGBTI employees

PrideFEAST to discuss why businesses should embrace LGBTI employees

PrideFEAST on Thursday morning will discuss how employers can benefit from being supportive of LGBTI employees. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still worry that their sexuality at work will have negative consequences. What can businesses do to support LGBT employees? On Thursday morning a business forum will meet over breakfast and discuss the […]

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LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

Several high-profile LGBTI equality advocates have written to all federal members asking that no extra provisions allowing discrimination be included in the Marriage Act in return for the right of same-sex couples to marry. The letter comes as Senator James Paterson unveils a marriage amendment bill that will override state anti-discrimination laws so that same-sex […]

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ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

Lyle Shelton, the Executive Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has said he would have no problem with a law which allowed people to discriminate against others because of their religious beliefs. In a fiery debate with long term LGBTI rights activist Rodney Croome, Shelton put forward the Coalition for Marriage’s view about religious protections […]

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Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Advocates for Western Australia’s LGBT community have launched a campaign to repeal the last piece of anti-homosexual legislation under State law. They are calling on the McGowan Government to close a loophole in the State’s Equal Opportunity Act which allows private schools to sack LGBTI teachers, expel LGBTI students and refuse to enrol children from […]

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