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Greens’ call to protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people voted down

Greens’ call to protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people voted down

The Greens called on the federal senate to voice their support for protecting the rights of gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people, but the government, One Nation and independent MP Jacqui Lambie voted against it. The move follows One Nation’s failed attempt last week to pass a motion in the senate calling for […]

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On This Gay Day: Bob Brown was elected to federal parliament

Bob Brown became the first openly gay politician in Australia’s federal parliament Australian went to the polls on 2nd March 1996 bringing an end to to the Keating Labor government and bringing John Howard to power. The Hawke-Keating government has been in power for five terms since 1983. Elected to the parliament on that day […]

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LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

OPINION Alison Xamon MLC is a member of The Greens in the Western Australian Parliament. LGBTIQ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians. It is hurting them in complex and long-lasting ways. While it is impossible to quantify exactly how many Western Australians are directly affected, La Trobe University’s February 2021 report Healing Spiritual […]

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Turns out Jonathan Davis is just the right amount of camp for Brindabella

Turns out Jonathan Davis is just the right amount of camp for Brindabella

Remember Jonathan Davis, the Greens member who rivals described as “too camp” to win a seat in the ACT parliament? Well he’s having the last laugh after winning a spot in the parliament. The final votes for were counted on Friday and Davis was awarded the fifth spot in Brindabella with a lead of just […]

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Xamon: it’s not enough to oppose conversion therapy, you have to take action

Xamon: it’s not enough to oppose conversion therapy, you have to take action

Alison Xamon MLC, the Greens’ spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity, has criticised the WA Labor Government for its failure to commit to banning harmful LGBTIQ conversion practices, including in religious and informal settings. In parliament on Thursday Xamon again questioned the government about its intentions for banning conversion practices which attempt to change a […]

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Greens call for conversion therapy ban in Western Australia

Greens call for conversion therapy ban in Western Australia

OPINION Attempting to change or interfere with a person’s identity is a terrible abuse of human rights. And yet, up to 10% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Australians are vulnerable to harmful so-called conversion therapy practices, according to a 2018 report from La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre. Conversion therapy attempts […]

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Greens: WA Govt must do more to protect LGBTIQ+ from hate crimes

Greens: WA Govt must do more to protect LGBTIQ+ from hate crimes

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity and Justice, Alison Xamon, has urged the McGowan government to develop a better response to LGBTIQ+ hate crime, after learning there is no data collection on the issue. Xamon said she was dismayed to learn through questions in WA Parliament that police still do not track instances of […]

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Janet Rice: the election is a chance to rid parliament of homophobes

Janet Rice: the election is a chance to rid parliament of homophobes

The Greens senator Janet Rice has posted an message for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT) suggesting people take tomorrow’s federal election as an opportunity to kick out politicians who actively campaign against LGBTIQ+ people’s rights. “IDAHoBiT is such an important day to celebrate our community.” Senator Rice said in a video message, suggesting […]

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The Greens release LGBTIQ related policies

The Greens release LGBTIQ related policies

The Australian Greens have announced a range of policies aimed at achieving equality for all LGBTIQ+ people. Liberty Cramer, the Greens candidate for the seat of Swan, said the policies covered a wide range of issues. “The Greens policies will mean LGBTIQ+ people have the right to be free from discrimination, have autonomy over their […]

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Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Greens senator Janet Rice has told equality campaigners that she believes bill to change to anti-discrimination act so that students can not be expelled from schools over their sexuality or gender identity has a good chance of passing the senate when parliament resumes this week. “(It) looks like it’s potentially got the support of the […]

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