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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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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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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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Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Psychologists at the University of Sydney have released the results of a study that examined psychological distress experienced by LGBTI+ people during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017. The study showed that the overall stigma experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people during the debate was a source of stress, but also resilience […]

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Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

The Australian Greens have responded to the news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to Parliament early next year. The Greens say that such an Act must not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws following the release of the government response to the Ruddock […]

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Greens: We celebrate the ‘Yes’ vote, but we shouldn’t have had it

Greens: We celebrate the ‘Yes’ vote, but we shouldn’t have had it

The Greens have released a statement celebrating the first anniversary of the ‘Yes’ vote on marriage equality, while also condemning the harm caused to the LGBTIQ+ community by the postal survey. Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice said the anniversary is a cause for celebration, but we should never have had the postal survey in […]

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Greens urge parliament to support statement on intersex rights

Greens urge parliament to support statement on intersex rights

Today is Intersex Awareness Day and The Australian Greens are calling on parliamentarians to show their support for the intersex community. The Greens have become the first political party to sign the Darlington Statement, a joint consensus statement by Australian and New Zealand intersex organisations and advocates. The statement advises on improvements that could be […]

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Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

The Greens are taking action to move the Morrison government toward releasing the Ruddock Review into the state of religious freedom in Australia. The Turnbull-appointed panel led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock was due to release the information to the public in March, then in May. At this stage Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office […]

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Senate passes motion to work towards ending conversion therapy

Senate passes motion to work towards ending conversion therapy

The Senate has passed a motion this week urging the federal government to work with states and territories to stop the practice of conversion therapy aimed at the LGBTIQ+ community. The motion put forward by Greens Senator Janet Rice calls on the Morrison government to work with other government leaders to outlaw the dangerous ‘therapies’. […]

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Senator Janet Rice calls on PM to take a stance on conversion therapy

Senator Janet Rice calls on PM to take a stance on conversion therapy

Senator Janet Rice has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a stance on banning gay conversion therapy after the PM said he had no intentions of engaging with the issue. “Conversion therapies and sexual orientation change efforts are harmful and can have fatal consequences.” Senator Rice said in a statement. “They must be […]

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