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SA Government introduces bill to abolish ‘gay panic’ defence

SA Government introduces bill to abolish ‘gay panic’ defence

The South Australian Liberal Government has just introduced a Bill to state parliament that could see the end of the ‘gay panic’ defence in Australia. The legislative relic allows for criminal charges to be downgraded for a killer, if the victim was of the same gender and flirting with the attacker, under the umbrella of “provocation”. […]

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Campaign launched to repeal ‘gay panic’ defence in South Australia

Campaign launched to repeal ‘gay panic’ defence in South Australia

LGBTQIA+ advocates have launched a petition to fight a relic of South Australian law, known colloquially as the ‘gay panic’ defence. The law allows for criminal charges to be downgraded for a killer, if the victim was of the same gender and flirting with the attacker. “Laws that legitimise and excuse violent and lethal behaviour […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates and conversion therapy survivors have welcomed the ACT’s ban on conversion practices, which passed the Legislative Assembly yesterday. The ACT has become the second Australian jurisdiction to address the issue, following Queensland’s legislation earlier this month. Spokesperson for LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal and Canberra resident, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said the ACT’s legislation is ‘far […]

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Victorians celebrate as birth certificate amendments come into effect

Victorians celebrate as birth certificate amendments come into effect

Victoria’s transgender and gender diverse communities have welcomed amendments to the state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act which come into effect on Friday 1st May 2020. The reforms, which passed Victorian Parliament in August last year, make it possible for transgender and gender diverse people to change the legal gender on their birth certificates. The […]

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Join in the fun with Equality Australia’s Queer Love In this weekend

Join in the fun with Equality Australia’s Queer Love In this weekend

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group Equality Australia are hosting a huge online party this Saturday with a selection of the nation’s most exciting queer talent. Queer Love In aims to bring LGBTIQ+ artists and performers who have lost work due to COVID-19 together for a chance to reconnect and celebrate our community. Hosted by Tom Ballard, the […]

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Equality Australia releases new religious freedom video

Equality Australia releases new religious freedom video

Equality Australia have released a new video highlighting some of the potential outcomes of the latest draft of the government’s religious discrimination bill. Speaking out against the proposed legislation is champion swimmer Ian Thorpe, basketballer Lauren Jackson and author Benjamin Law. They’re joined by a wide variety of Australians including people of faith, doctors, single […]

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Equality Australia says Religious Discrimination Bill will divide communities

Equality Australia says Religious Discrimination Bill will divide communities

Anna Brown, the CEO of Equality Australia has labeled the Morrison government’s latest draft of the religious discrimination bill a piece of legislation that will divide Australian communities. Brown says the latest version of the legislation, that was revealed by Attorney General Christian Porter this morning, will provide protections for people who intimidate others through […]

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Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown listed in AFR’s 100 Women of Influence

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown listed in AFR’s 100 Women of Influence

Equality Australia’s CEO Anna Brown has been listed in the The Australian Financial Reviews‘ 100 Women of Influence and been awarded the named the winner of the Social Enterprise and Non Profit category. Prior to taking up her leadership role at Equality Australia Brown worked at the Human Rights Law Centre and was a leading voice […]

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Western Australia needs a new organisation to promote LGBTIQ+ rights

Western Australia needs a new organisation to promote LGBTIQ+ rights

OPINION As we head into the Pride season in Western Australia and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in our state, it’s important that we look back at the achievements our communities have made, celebrate those people who fought long and hard battles, and offer forgiveness to some of those those who […]

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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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