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Petition urges further protections in overhaul of Equal Opportunity Act

Petition urges further protections in overhaul of Equal Opportunity Act

Local LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Rainbow Futures WA have welcomed the news that the McGowan Government will be overhauling the state’s Equal Opportunity Act, but say more can be done to bring us in line with the east coast on LGBTQIA+ protections. In 2019, the Attorney General John Quigley asked the LRCWA to provide advice and […]

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Major overhaul for Western Australia’s anti-discrimination laws

Western Australia’s anti-discrimination laws are set for a major overhaul with McGowan Government announcing it will broadly support a raft of recommendations for change. In 2019, the Attorney General asked the LRCWA to provide advice and recommendations to Government on possible amendments to enhance and update the Act. The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia’s […]

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Just.Equal calls for end to sacking of LGBTIQA+ teachers in WA

Just.Equal calls for end to sacking of LGBTIQA+ teachers in WA

Advocacy group, Just Equal, has again called on the McGowan Government to change the law and stop discrimination against LGBTIQ+ teachers in faith schools. The call comes after it was reported in The West Australian that another teacher has lost his job following homophobic harassment at a church school. The drama teacher, whose identity has […]

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No action on trans and intersex rights from WA Government

No action on trans and intersex rights from WA Government

Western Australia’s Attorney General John Quigley has confirmed the McGowan Government has not ‘fully considered’ a report on trans and intersex rights which was tabled in 2018. Project 108: Final Report: Review of Western Australian legislation in relation to the registration or change of a person sex and/or gender status relating to sex characteristics was the […]

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WA’s Equal Opportunity Act review an opportunity to protect LGBTQ+ students

WA’s Equal Opportunity Act review an opportunity to protect LGBTQ+ students

The Western Australian Law Reform Commission has finally released its Discussion Paper which reviews the state’s Equal Opportunity Act (1984). WA Attorney General John Quigley has announced that the government will commence a review of the state’s Equal Opportunity laws back in 2018, including those which allow schools to expel students and fire teachers who […]

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Religious groups push fear campaign over possible WA conversion therapy bill

Religious groups push fear campaign over possible WA conversion therapy bill

ACL volunteer claims they’ve been told Victoria’s conversion therapy ban will see Western Australian pastors extradited to Victoria to face a decade in prison. On the 26th February former head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton was a guest on the 20Twenty program on Vision Radio Australia. The daily current affairs program commentary on […]

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Advocates say SA Libs expose WA Labor “furphy” on religious exemptions

LGBTI advocates in Western Australia are asking why the Liberal Government of South Australia is moving forward to scrap religious exemptions while the WA Labor Government says that it can’t. Maxine Drake, local spokesperson for national lobby group just.equal, said WA Attorney General John Quigley had repeatedly said he could not progress legislation in this […]

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Calls for McGowan to step up for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers

Calls for McGowan to step up for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers

Local LGBTIQ+ advocates are calling on the state government to take action on LGBTIQ+ discrimination in schools, as the federal government’s Religious Discrimination Bill lies in wait. A 36-year-old provision in WA’s Equal Opportunity Act allows for faith-based schools to refuse enrolment, expel students and fire staff on the basis of sexuality or gender identity. […]

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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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