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Government’s religious freedom review won’t report until May

Government’s religious freedom review won’t report until May

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has extended the reporting date for the government’s religious freedom review. The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the Philip Ruddock led review will not be expected to report until May, due to the sheer number of submissions to the panel. The panel was originally due to report its findings by March […]

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Greens call on Philip Ruddock to step down from religious freedom review

Greens call on Philip Ruddock to step down from religious freedom review

The Australian Greens are calling on former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock to resign from his position as chair of the government’s Religious Freedom Review after his appointment as President of the New South Wales Liberal Party. Greens’ Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says the new appointment is a conflict of interest, and makes his position […]

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LGBTI advocates back Greens push for charter of rights

LGBTI advocates have joined calls from The Greens for a senate inquiry into an Australian Charter of Rights. Following the passage of marriage equality last year, The Greens want to see Australia establish a bill of rights to solidify the rights of those who are discriminated against in our country. Greens’ Senator Nick McKim says […]

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Greens: $41.5 mil postal survey savings must fund mental health

Greens: $41.5 mil postal survey savings must fund mental health

The Government Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has revealed that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey came in $41.5 million under budget. The Greens are calling for those savings to go towards mental health services for LGBTIQ+ Australians, after the government held a national debate on the community’s right to marry. Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator […]

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Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Following the success of Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill in the upper house today, the Senate has also passed a motion calling for money not spent on the postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. The motion put forward by the Australian Greens urges the government to move the $20 million allocated for, […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos invited to speak at Parliament House

Milo Yiannopoulos invited to speak at Parliament House

New South Wales Senator David Leyonhjelm has invited controversial far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at Australia’s Parliament House during his tour of Australia. Yiannopoulos has been embroiled in controversy during his public life, describing feminism as “cancer”, appearing to condone paedophilia and denying the existence of rape culture. The former Breitbart tech editor also had […]

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Huge turnout for Yes! Festival in Perth

Huge turnout for Yes! Festival in Perth

Thousands of people met in Russell Square in Northbridge on Saturday to show their support for changing the marriage laws. Equal Love WA’s Yes! Festival saw presentations from community groups, performances from local artists and passionate speeches from marriage equality advocates. Labor Senator Louise Pratt told the crowd that it was essential that people encouraged […]

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Greens urge Australians to keep campaigning for YES vote

Greens urge Australians to keep campaigning for YES vote

The Australian Greens are urging voters to continue rallying for a ‘yes’ outcome in the postal survey on marriage following the news that over 50% of forms have been returned. The Greens say that the update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 57.5% of votes have been returned in the marriage equality postal survey […]

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WA Greens: Govt funding of LGBTI+ mental health is inadequate

The Greens have criticised the McGowan’s government’s recently announced commitment to increase funding to LGBTI+ mental health services in WA as “inadequate and half-hearted.” The government have allocated $30,000 to each Living Proud WA and the WA AIDS Council to assist WA’s LGBTI+ community with mental health needs ahead of the postal survey on marriage […]

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Senator Rachel Siewert urges young West Aussies to get enrolled

Senator Rachel Siewert urges young West Aussies to get enrolled

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert is calling on Western Australians to enrol and update their details with the Australian Electoral Commission before the deadline in two days time. “I cannot urge young West Aussies strongly enough to enrol to vote before the August 24th deadline in the lead up to the postal plebiscite […]

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