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Morrison will remove laws that allow schools to expel LGBT students

Morrison will remove laws that allow schools to expel LGBT students

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the coalition will introduce amendments to change the federal anti-discrimination laws so that schools will no longer have the right to expel students over their sexuality or gender identity. The Prime Minister said the leaking of recommendations from the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom in Australia has caused “unnecessary confusion […]

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WA government will review ‘outdated’ equal opportunity laws

WA government will review ‘outdated’ equal opportunity laws

Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley has announced that the government will commence a review of the state’s Equal Opportunity laws, including those which allow schools to expel students and fire teachers who are gay, bisexual and transgender. Quigley noted that a Law Reform Commission that looked into the laws in 2007 was now incredibly […]

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Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

The WA Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper exploring an extensive review of the state’s legislation regarding recognition of a person’s sex, gender and intersex status. The review follows a successful motion at last year’s state Labor conference to axe the Gender Reassignment Board. At present, Western Australians must apply to the Gender […]

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WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

The Western Australian Government have announced they will put an end to a legal anomaly that forces transgender and gender diverse people to divorce before having their gender officially affirmed. Legislation was introduced yesterday that will remove the requirement for a person to be single in order to be eligible for a gender recognition certificate, […]

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Researchers say scientific evidence does not support criminalisation of HIV

Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalise HIV transmission. The Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law and an accompanying editorial were published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). Speaking at the World AIDS Conference in […]

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Rodney Croome labels AG John Quigley’s statements as “nonsense”

Western Australian Attorney General is unable to say if the McGowan government will support proposed changes to the state’s Equal Opportunity Act because the results of the federal government’s review into religious freedom in Australia has not yet been released. Yesterday The Greens MP Alison Xamon put forward a bill to amend the Equal Opportunity […]

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New South Wales ends forced divorce for people who are transgender

New South Wales ends forced divorce for people who are transgender

The New South Wales parliament has passed laws that remove the requirement for people who are transgender and married to seek a divorce before applying for their gender to be officially changed. The change follows the passage of marriage equality late last year, and is part of steps to ensure that transgender people are not […]

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Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Victoria allows gender recognition without forced divorce

Transgender Victorians will now be able to stay married to the person they love when they change the gender on their birth certificate with the Andrews Government passing new laws. A similar bill is being introduced in the NSW parliament. The change follows the passage of marriage equality late last year, and is part of […]

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Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

A new survey has shown that Australians are against current laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students and staff. A YouGov Galaxy Poll commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group just.equal completed a survey of 1015 Australians in April, showing massive opposition to special exemptions for these organisations from anti-discrimination laws. The data showed […]

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Victorian govt move to allow trans people to affirm gender without divorce

Victorian govt move to allow trans people to affirm gender without divorce

Victoria’s state government are set to update their laws to stop forcing trans and gender diverse people having to divorce in order to legally affirm their gender. After the passage of marriage equality under the federal government last year, state governments were given a 12-month window to bring their legislation in line with the new […]

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