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Freedom of speech academic says WA needs civil anti-vilification laws

Freedom of speech academic says WA needs civil anti-vilification laws

LGBTI rights group just.equal Australia have backed the claim from University of Queensland freedom of speech expert, Professor Katharine Gelber, that the WA Government is taking the wrong approach to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). Professor Gerber (pictured above) says the disagreement between the political lobby group and the state government is the result of […]

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It’s 1000 days since PM Scott Morrison said he’d protect LGBTIQ+ kids

It’s 1000 days since PM Scott Morrison said he’d protect LGBTIQ+ kids

An LGBT student who was in year 7 when Scott Morrison first promised to protect them will have already finished school before he finally gets around to doing anything about it – and that’s if he ever does. Alastair Lawrie Today marks 1,000 days since Prime Minister Scott Morrison first committed to protecting LGBT students […]

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Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has warned his colleagues to be careful how they proceed with the third draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill, warning he’ll have no hesitation in crossing the floor of parliament and voting with the opposition if the bill compromises marriage equality or other LGBTIQ+ rights. Attorney General Michaelia Cash is currently […]

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just.equal seeks urgent meeting with Senator Cash on religious discrimination

just.equal seeks urgent meeting with Senator Cash on religious discrimination

National lobby group, just.equal Australia, has welcomed public concerns about the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill from moderate Liberal Government Party MPs saying it increases pressure on Labor to come out against the Bill. This week Attorney General, Michaelia Cash, announced she would bring a rewrite of the Bill to parliament by December, it’ll be the […]

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Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Equality advocates have called on the Australian Lifeblood Service to follow the lead of its UK counterpart by lifting its blanket ban on donation by sexually active gay & bi men and shifting to individual risk assessment for all donors. The calls come as the UK moves from banning blood donation for men who have […]

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Calls for Premier Mark McGowan to act on conversion practices

Calls for Premier Mark McGowan to act on conversion practices

National lobby group, just.equal, have again called on the McGowan Government to act on LGBTIQ+ conversion practices in the wake of evidence from Albany that a local church is promoting it. just.equal spokesperson, Brian Greig, said the state government could no longer avoid this issue or continue with its claim that national regulation of counsellors […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

Rights advocates say Labor’s national conference has improved its LGBTIQ platform but failed to include key reforms, relegating them to the status of resolutions. The draft national platform submitted to Labor’s national conference at the end of March erased many of the LGBTIQ commitments from previous platforms. After lobbying from just.equal and Rainbow Labor it […]

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Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent, one of Australia’s most dedicated fighters for LGBTIQ+ rights, has shared that she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Argent shared her diagnosis on social media saying the prognosis was not positive. “Age and other factors rule out effective treatment. Realistically, I may or may not be here at Christmas. Of course, I […]

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just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

LGBTIQ+ community advocates say they are deeply disappointed by Labor’s weak and diminished commitments to LGBTIQ+ equality and inclusion at a national level. According to just.equal spokesperson Dr Charlie Burton, the latest draft of Labor’s national platform is a watered-down version of the consultation draft, which itself was a gutted version of what Labor took […]

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Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

With just three days until the election, Premier Mark McGowan has today responded to just.equal’s policy survey on LGBTI issues. Read the full response here. Author of the survey, Brian Greig, said it was very disappointing that the government had sat on this survey for so long, indicating that it wanted to avoid both scrutiny […]

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