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Legally Speaking: A definition of defamation

Legally Speaking: A definition of defamation

Defamation is a wild beast. It’s hard to understand and even more difficult to explain how it works. It is the Khloe Kardashian of the legal world. Here is the black and white: for something to be defamatory a person must be able to prove that someone has published a matter, as defined in the […]

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Introducing #Postboxselfie – Post your vote. Post your selfie.

We’ve all had this farce of a Marriage Equality Survey foisted upon us and most of us are pretty disappointed that our civil rights are being put to a voluntary, non-binding, $122M survey. So why not have some fun with it, and make the most of a terrible situation? Introducing: #postboxselfie When was the last […]

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Candidate gets attention after linking homosexuality and pedophillia

Candidate gets attention after linking homosexuality and pedophillia

Diane Teasdale, an independent candidate running for federal parliament in the Victorian seat of Murray, has suddenly got a lot of attention after she outlined her opposition to marriage equality on her official Facebook page. In her Facebook post Teasdale make tenuous links between homosexuality and pedophilia, and noted her observations about the push for […]

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Shorten concerned plebiscite will spur homophobia in Australia

Shorten concerned plebiscite will spur homophobia in Australia

Labor leader Bill Shorten has said he’s concerned that the government’s plan for a plebiscite on marriage equality will lead to increased levels of homophobia in Australia. The Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition faced off against each other in the third debate of the election campaign, this time it was an online […]

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Is anything private?

Is anything private?

OPINION   The author Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez said; “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.” But in Australia in 2016 are we struggling to recognise the line between the first two? Are we just left with public and secret? Many people rightly felt that academic Roz Ward, the founder of the Safe Schools Coalition, […]

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Safe Schools Coalition’s Roz Ward resigns from government advisory role

Safe Schools Coalition’s Roz Ward resigns from government advisory role

Roz Ward, the co-founder of the Safe Schools Coalition program which aims to stop LGBTIQ+ students from being bullied in the education system has resigned from  educational advisory role with the Victorian government. Ward’s resignation follows a news report stating that she had described the Australian flag as “racist” in a private Facebook post. Gender […]

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Facebook removes ‘gay shaming’ from United Patriots page

Facebook removes ‘gay shaming’ from United Patriots page

Facebook has deleted a series of posts and videos on the social media page for the United Patriots Front after they singled out gay and transgender people for abuse and threats. Concern was raised yesterday by community members that far-right group, The United Patriots Front – Perth, had taken photographs from a local photographer and […]

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Andrew Hastie wants answers from Facebook over deleted post

Andrew Hastie wants answers from Facebook over deleted post

Andrew Hastie , the member for Canning has called on Facebook to explain why it deleted a post from a traditional marriage advocate. The Australian has reported that Hastie was very concerned to hear that the social media giant had deleted an opinion piece published by Anglican church minister John Dickinson. Mr Dickson was informed […]

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Facebook allows people to show their support for marriage equality

Facebook and Australian Marriage Equality have partnered together to launch a new initiative that allows Facebook users to visibly demonstrate their support for marriage equality ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. OUTinPerth editor Graeme Watson models the overlay in the image (left). Australian Marriage Equality’s national campaign director, Erin McCallum, said the […]

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Facebook: More Aussies coming out online than ever before

Facebook: More Aussies coming out online than ever before

A new report from Facebook has revealed that more Australians are identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex than ever before. Facebook shared information earlier this week that revealed the number of people coming out as LGBTI+ on the social media platform had doubled by the end of 2015. Also revealed in the data […]

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