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Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

The federal government inquiry into religious freedom has come under fire once again, with news that submissions will be kept secret from the Australian public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office today revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that the panel would not publish the submissions – which are ordinarily freely available to the public. “Submissions […]

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LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

Several high-profile LGBTI equality advocates have written to all federal members asking that no extra provisions allowing discrimination be included in the Marriage Act in return for the right of same-sex couples to marry. The letter comes as Senator James Paterson unveils a marriage amendment bill that will override state anti-discrimination laws so that same-sex […]

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Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Equality advocates are calling on members of the Liberal party who support marriage equality to cross the floor and vote for reform. The outcry comes just after the Liberal party decided to retain their position to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, after much speculation about a possible free vote on a newly crafted bill […]

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Mixed responses to Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill

Mixed responses to Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill

The reaction to the private members bill for marriage equality, put forward by Western Australian Senator Dean Smith, has been mixed. The proposal, which is based on the outcomes of a¬†senate inquiry into the issue, allows protections for churches, and establishes a new category of ‘religious civil celebrant’. While also changing the marriage act to […]

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Study shows huge increase in support for LGBTI+ equality since 2005

Study shows huge increase in support for LGBTI+ equality since 2005

Marriage equality advocates have noted that a national survey showing a dramatic increase in support for LGBTI+ equality shows that a plebiscite on marriage equality is unnecessary. The annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey conducted by the University of Melbourne was release this week, showing support for equal rights for same-sex […]

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Australian Medical Association backs marriage equality

Australian Medical Association backs marriage equality

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has added its voice to the many groups calling on the Turnbull government to legislate for marriage equality. Today the AMA will issue a new policy statement declaring that¬†excluding same-sex couples from marriage has significant mental and physical health consequences and contributes to high suicide rates among LGBTI people. The […]

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Marriage equality advocates keep up the pressure

Marriage equality advocates keep up the pressure

Marriage equality activists are keeping up the pressure on politicians who support changing the marriage laws and those MPs who have yet to declare a position. Suggestions that some Liberal MPs were about to push for a free vote in parliament on the issue has been met with a swift response from the party’s conservative […]

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New study shows trust in politicians plummeting

New study shows trust in politicians plummeting

A new report from the Australian National University (ANU) has shown that Australian voters are rapidly losing trust in politicians and becoming disengaged from the political discourse. While Australians are becoming increasingly frustrated with their elected representatives, the study also showed huge support for marriage equality, our immigration program, indigenous constitutional recognition, medically assisted euthanasia […]

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LGBTIQ Allies – Well-known Australians sign petition for marriage equality

LGBTIQ Allies – Well-known Australians sign petition for marriage equality

Over one hundred well known Australian who identify as allies of the LGBTIQ community have signed a petition calling on the Australian government to drop its plan for a plebiscite on marriage. The petition that has been organised by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and advocacy group just.equal has been supported […]

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Liberal senator Dean Smith describes the plebiscite as “an abhorrent idea”

Liberal senator Dean Smith describes the plebiscite as “an abhorrent idea”

Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has described the government’s plebiscite proposal as “an abhorrent idea” and vowed not to support it. Senator Smith has told Fairfax Media that he’d rather cross the floor or abstain on voting for the plebiscite when the legislation is presented to the senate. Smith said the decision to provide […]

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