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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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ACT move to end non-consenting intersex medical intervention

ACT move to end non-consenting intersex medical intervention

The ACT Government has released a draft bill outlining plans to end non-consenting medical interventions on intersex children. The legislation was developed after consultations with experts and lived experience participants, and ongoing advocacy from intersex and LGBTQIA+ organisations. The Variations in Sex Characteristics (Restricted Medical Treatment) Bill 2022 sets out new processes to be applied when medical […]

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LGBTIQA+ election surveys released – see where the parties stand

LGBTIQA+ election surveys released – see where the parties stand

Just.Equal Australia has released responses to its election survey. The group canvassed a wide range of LGBTIQA+ issues. The issues were based on results of a survey Just.Equal conducted in the LGBTIQA+ community which asked respondents to identify their top priorities for this election. Long-time LGBTIQA+ human rights advocate, Rodney Croome, said the survey was […]

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Advocates urge politicians to hear real issues facing trans folks

Advocates urge politicians to hear real issues facing trans folks

LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Just.Equal Australia are calling on political leaders to debate issues that matter to trans people, including inclusive health care and reducing discrimination, instead of conducting culture wars at trans people’s expense. Just.Equal spokesperson and trans advocate Sally Goldner AM has called on all parties and candidates to listen to trans, gender diverse […]

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Advocates call on Australia to accept LGBTIQ+ refugees

Advocates call on Australia to accept LGBTIQ+ refugees

Just.Equal Australia has written to Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, urging him to accept LGBTIQ+ refugees from Ukraine. The move comes as the US State Department reveals invading Russian forces have a kill list that includes LGBTIQ+ community members. “We have asked the Australian Government to make it clear that Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ refugees are welcome […]

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Brian Greig: What exactly has the ALP promised LGBTIQ+ people if elected?

Brian Greig: What exactly has the ALP promised LGBTIQ+ people if elected?

OPINION: Brian Greig is a local representative for Just.Equal Australia In the confusion surrounding the collapse of the Religious Discrimination Bill it was easy for political parties to misrepresent what resulted. Despite the newspaper headlines, memes on social media and judiciously worded press releases from the Opposition, things are not quite as clear as you might […]

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