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New petition calls for a LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

New petition calls for a LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just.Equal Australia has launched a new petition calling for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. The Senate will debate the issue when it returns in September. President of Just.Equal Australia, Brian Greig, urged LGBTIQA+ people and their allies to sign. “This may be the best chance we have during this term of Government to show that […]

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Just.Equal welcome law reform but urge further action for ‘gold standard’

Just.Equal welcome law reform but urge further action for ‘gold standard’

LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Just.Equal Australia have welcomed recommendations to update our state’s Equal Opportunity Act from the Law Reform Commission of WA. The organisation have also raised concerns that the proposals do not go far enough, urging lawmakers to reach for the “gold standard”. Just.Equal spokesperson Brian Greig highlights that Attorney-General John Quigley announced the […]

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Just.Equal urges AG to consider LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just.Equal urges AG to consider LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just.Equal Australia has written to Federal Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, asking the Federal Labor Government to uphold its previous commitment to appointment an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. The move comes after Labor voted down a Greens proposal for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner during debate on the Australian Human Rights Act earlier this week. The correspondence quotes Mr […]

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Labor knocks back bill to appoint LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Labor knocks back bill to appoint LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just.Equal Australia say they are disappointed the Labor Government has scuttled an opportunity to appoint an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. On Tuesday in the federal parliament, the Greens moved an amendment supporting an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner during debate on a Government Bill regarding the transparent appointment of Australian Human Rights Commission commissioners. The amendment […]

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Calls for the appointment of an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Calls for the appointment of an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just.Equal Australia has written to minor parties and cross-benchers urging them to support a national LGBTIQA+ human rights commissioner. The Federal Government is amending the Australian Human Rights Commission Act to ensure commissioners are appointed on merit, but Just.Equal Australia wants the reform to go further with the appointment of a stand-alone LGBTIQA+ human rights […]

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Calls for new Parliament to take urgent steps to hear LGBTQIA+ concerns

Calls for new Parliament to take urgent steps to hear LGBTQIA+ concerns

LGBTQIA+ advocates are calling on Australian federal politicians to urgently re-establish the Federal Parliamentary Friends of LGBTIQA+ Australians Group. As politicians visit Canberra this week in preparation for the new Parliament, Just.Equal Australia advisor Sally Goldner AM says it’s vital federal MPs hear about issues negatively impacting our communities. “Parliament must act swiftly to show […]

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Calls for School Chaplains program to be reviewed and improved

Calls for School Chaplains program to be reviewed and improved

National LGBTIQA+ lobby group Just.Equal Australia has welcomed changes to the school chaplaincy program, but says the government has not gone far enough. Education Minister, Jason Clare, announced the $60 million program would be adjusted to allow schools to apply for funding for either a secular professional counsellor or religious chaplain. The previous Coalition Government […]

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AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has confirmed to media that the government will introduce religious discrimination legislation this term of Parliament. Speaking on ABC’s RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas, Dreyfus said Labor will introduce a Religious Discrimination Bill reflecting Labor policy that says the party “will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQA+ students and teachers in faith-based schools.” Labor policy […]

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Survey seeks data on how LGBTQIA+ Australians voted this election

Survey seeks data on how LGBTQIA+ Australians voted this election

National LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Just.Equal Australia are hoping to learn more about how LGBTQIA+ Australians and allies voted in the recent federal election. The organisation have launched a survey to determine what factors influenced LGBTQIA+ folks and allies to make their electoral decisions. Questions are aimed at determining issues that influenced your vote such as […]

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Just.Equal disappointed that there’s no Minster for Equality

Just.Equal disappointed that there’s no Minster for Equality

Just.Equal Australia is disappointed new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has not appointed a Minister for Equality and has called on him to reverse the decision. Federal Labor had an Equality Spokesperson for three years prior to the 2019 election but Mr Albanese scuttled the role after Labor’s loss. Prior to Albanese taking on the leadership role […]

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