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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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Senator Janet Rice donates her knitting to the Gay and Lesbian Archives

Senator Janet Rice donates her knitting to the Gay and Lesbian Archives

Who could forget the moment when Janet Rice pulled out her knitting needles in federal parliament and started making a rainbow scarf. On March 21st last year The Greens senator took a dig at Liberal MP Peter Dutton who had just days earlier told business leaders who supported marriage equality that they should “stick to […]

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Sunday Telegraph slammed for using transphobic slur in headline

Sunday Telegraph slammed for using transphobic slur in headline

Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph has been hit by a wave of criticism and complaints after they published a transphobic slur in a headline. The newspaper was sharing the news that actor Scarlett Johansson had decided to withdraw from the film¬†Rub & Tug,¬†following negative publicity around her decision to accept a part where she would portray a […]

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Senator Janet Rice highlights gay conversion therapy in Australia

Senator Janet Rice highlights gay conversion therapy in Australia

Senator Janet Rice says it’s devastating that young Australians are trying to “pray the gay away” and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull show leadership and ensure that the harmful practices of gay conversion therapy are stamped out. The Greens senator shared the story of Chris – a man who had been through a gay […]

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Senator O’Sullivan asks about transgender people and the ‘loo loo’

Senator O’Sullivan asks about transgender people and the ‘loo loo’

Senate Estimates has been on this week, a time when senators get to scrutinise how tax payers money is being spent and ask many questions about how government departments and authorities are run. It’s always a time of cutting jibes, bizarre questions and revealing truths. Today Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan had some questions about how […]

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