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Equality Tasmania call on PM to tackle LGBTIQA+ discrimination

Equality Tasmania call on PM to tackle LGBTIQA+ discrimination

Tasmanian LGBTIQA+ advocates say Tasmania will be the biggest loser if the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is re-introduced and have called on the Prime Minister to show what policies he has that will reduce levels of discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people and the mental ill-health discrimination leads to. The call comes after Scott Morrison’s commitment […]

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Discrimination protections and mental health on election agenda

Discrimination protections and mental health on election agenda

Tasmanian LGBTIQ equality advocates say their focus during the federal election will be to protect the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act from being weakened by Canberra, as well as appropriate funding for LGBTIQ mental health services. Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome (pictured), said while the Religious Discrimination Bill had been shelved, Tasmanians would be looking for guarantees […]

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Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein praised for LGBTQIA+ support

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein praised for LGBTQIA+ support

Retiring Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has been praised for his support for LGBTIQA+ communities during his two decades of public service. The Liberal Premier made a shock announcement on Monday that he would be retiring from politics. Rodney Croome on behalf of Equality Tasmania said Gutwein had a long history of supporting inclusion and equity. […]

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Advocates urge university to lead on gender affirmation leave

Advocates urge university to lead on gender affirmation leave

Equality Tasmania has called on the University of Tasmania to consult with the transgender community about appropriate leave for gender affirmation. The advocacy group say the move would position the university as global leader on support for trans and gender diverse staff. Yesterday Equality Tasmania issued a statement urging the University of Tasmania to embed […]

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Conservative groups praise Morrison’s stance against transgender women

Conservative and religious groups have praised Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s support for Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler’s private members bill which would allow for sporting groups to discriminate against transgender women. Senator Chandler recently introduced the proposed legislation into the senate, it allows for the Sex Discrimination Act to be changed so that sporting groups can […]

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Advocates call for solidarity as PM supports anti-trans sports bill

Advocates call for solidarity as PM supports anti-trans sports bill

LGBTQIA+ advocates have urged MPs and Senators to stand up for trans Australians, following comments from the Prime Minister supporting Senator Claire Chandler’s private member’s bill that seeks to exclude trans women from sport. Speaking in the Senate earlier this month, Senator Chandler said she hoped her Sex Discrimination and Other Legislation Amendment (Save Women’s Sport) […]

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Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Tasmania’s peak business and union bodies have joined the campaign to protect Tasmania’s ‘gold-standard’ Anti-Discrimination Act from being overridden by the federal Religious Discrimination Bill. Advocates around Australia have been concerned about the effects of the Morrison Goverment’s proposed legislation superseding state-based protections, including anti-discrimination protections and conversion practice bans in Queensland, Victoria and the […]

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Tasmanian community groups stand against Religious Discrimination bill

Tasmanian community groups stand against Religious Discrimination bill

A coalition of Tasmanian community organisations has formed to stop the proposed override of the state’s gold-standard Anti-Discrimination by the federal Religious Discrimination Bill. The groups have launched a community statement which they hope a wide range of community organisations and prominent Tasmanians will endorse. Spokesperson and former Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, said, “Tasmania […]

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Australian Christian Lobby: Religious Freedom Bill is ‘better than nothing’

Australian Christian Lobby: Religious Freedom Bill is ‘better than nothing’

The Australian Christian Lobby has described the Morrison government’s upcoming Religious Freedom Bill as “a better than nothing” approach. Wendy Francis, the lobby group’s National Political Director, has described the bill which is yet to be made public as still needing some improvement. “The Australian Christian Lobby believes that the government’s long-awaited Religious Discrimination Bill […]

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Anti-Discrimination Commissioner denies application to exclude trans women

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner denies application to exclude trans women

Tasmanian LGBTQIA+ community advocates say they are deeply disappointed about an attempt by supporters of the LGB Alliance to discriminate against trans and gender diverse Tasmanians. The newly-formed LGB Alliance has applied to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to hold an event that excludes trans and gender diverse people. As reported in The Australian, Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner […]

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