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Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

LGBTIQA+ rights group Just.Equal Australia is urging Government, Opposition and cross bench Senators to support amendments this week that will finally ensure trans, gender diverse and intersex workers enjoy the same rights as other employees. The Greens senator Janet Rice (pictured) will move amendments to the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment […]

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Senator Janet Rice calls for more action on homelessness

Senator Janet Rice calls for more action on homelessness

Greens senator Janet Rice has called on the government to do more to tackle homelessness noting that LGBTIQ+ people, particularly transgender people, are more likely to experience homelessness. “When I was a young adult, there were no people sleeping rough on the streets of our capital cities. My wife and I were able to buy […]

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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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Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Equality advocates have called on the Australian Lifeblood Service to follow the lead of its UK counterpart by lifting its blanket ban on donation by sexually active gay & bi men and shifting to individual risk assessment for all donors. The calls come as the UK moves from banning blood donation for men who have […]

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PM accused of failing to deliver on promise to end discrimination

PM accused of failing to deliver on promise to end discrimination

LGBTIQ rights advocates say the Morrison Government has failed to honour its 2018 pre-election commitment to end the legal loophole that allows children to be discriminated against by faith-based schools because of their sexuality or gender identity. This week, in response to questions during Senate Estimates from Victorian Greens Senator, Janet Rice, government representatives said […]

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Panel to discuss LGBTIQ+ health policy ahead of federal election

Panel to discuss LGBTIQ+ health policy ahead of federal election

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia has announced a panel of federal politicians who will be exploring Australian LGBTIQ+ health policy at the upcoming Health In Difference and LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conferences. The panel will include WA’s Senator Louise Pratt (ALP), Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice, and New South Wales’ Senator Andrew Bragg (Liberal), and […]

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Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal has ramped up their campaign to end the ban on gay, bi and trans folks donating blood here in Australia, following a recent decision out of the UK. This week the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs made the recommendation that all donors be assessed […]

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Government releases one of the Saudi Arabian journalists seeking asylum

Government releases one of the Saudi Arabian journalists seeking asylum

The Australian government has released one of two Saudi Arabian journalists who are seeking asylum in Australia. Sultan and Nassar* have been held by the Australian government for several months after claiming asylum.┬áThe two men fled Saudi Arabia in October claiming that they had been outed by the government who were cracking down on descenting […]

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ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics dumped questions about sexuality and gender from the next census because of concerns that there would be a public backlash over their inclusion. The questions were dumped even though two government departments said the data was essential for planning for the future and effective delivery of services. The questions were […]

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Scientist Penny Whetton, wife of Senator Janet Rice, dies unexpectedly

Scientist Penny Whetton, wife of Senator Janet Rice, dies unexpectedly

Climate scientist Dr Penny Whetton has died unexpectedly aged 61. Whetton was the wife of Greens senator Janet Rice, the couple had been together for almost four decades, their relationship preceding Dr Whetton’s gender transition. Senator Rice shared the news of her wife’s passing on her Facebook page saying Dr Whetton appeared to have passed […]

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