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Federal politicians sent brochure ahead of religious freedom legislation

Federal politicians sent brochure ahead of religious freedom legislation

National lobby group, Just.Equal Australia, has upped its campaign against the federal Coalition’s proposed ‘Religious Freedom Bill’. The advocacy group has posted a 12 page glossy brochure to every federal MP and senator. It outlines the four main elements of the Bill in its current form that would cause harm to LGBTIQ+ people and others. […]

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Calls for Michaelia Cash to commit to protect anti-conversion laws

Calls for Michaelia Cash to commit to protect anti-conversion laws

just.equal Australia has called on the Federal Liberal Government to follow the lead of Victoria’s Liberal Opposition and affirm Victoria’s landmark law against conversion practices will not be weakened. The call comes in response to anti-LGBTIQ+ religious leaders who have urged the federal government to use its imminent Religious Discrimination Bill to override the Victoria […]

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Concern over Lorraine Finlay’s appointment to Human Rights Commission

Concern over Lorraine Finlay’s appointment to Human Rights Commission

Perth legal academic Lorraine Finlay has been named as the newest appointee to the Australian Human Rights Commission, but LGBTIQA+ rights advocates have expressed concern over her selection. just.equal Australia has written to the Australian Human Rights Commission asking that new Human Rights Commissioner not be given the LGBTIQ+ human rights portfolio and have called […]

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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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Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

LGBTIQA+ rights group Just.Equal Australia is urging Government, Opposition and cross bench Senators to support amendments this week that will finally ensure trans, gender diverse and intersex workers enjoy the same rights as other employees. The Greens senator Janet Rice (pictured) will move amendments to the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment […]

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Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

LGBTIQA+ rights organisation just.equal says Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has provided a response to their concerns about conversion and suppression practices, but advocates say his answer is “vague”. The Minister has responded to a letter from just.equal sent in May, which asked for greater detail about what the McGowan government was doing […]

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Labor says sexuality and gender questions should have been in the census

just.equal Australia has welcomed support from Shadow Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones for counting LGBTIQA+ people in the Census. Jones, whose portfolio covers the Bureau of Statistics and the Census, made the comment following a call from just.equal Australia on Friday for Labor to reveal its policy on the issue. Labor’s stance contrasts with the Federal […]

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The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

Equality advocates have welcomed Greens support for amending existing workplace discrimination laws to provide equal protection for trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians, but are unhappy neither major party has endorsed the reform. This week, the Senate inquiry into the Government’s [email protected] package handed down its report. LGBTIQA+ rights group just.equal say it’s disapointing that […]

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just.equal calls on Labor to commit to LGBTIQ inclusion in 2026 census

just.equal calls on Labor to commit to LGBTIQ inclusion in 2026 census

Equality advocates want a commitment from Labor to counting LGBTIQA+ Australians in the 2026 Census. just.equal Australia has written to Labor’s shadow assistant treasurer, Stephen Jones, asking for Labor’s position and seeking a commitment to questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and variations of sex characteristics. The national advocacy group has partnered with a number […]

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Advocates condemn 2021 Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians

Advocates condemn 2021 Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians

Equality advocates have launched a declaration that condemns the upcoming Australian Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians. just.equal Australia’s declaration, which has already been co-signed by a number of Australian LGBTIQ+ community organisations, says the national Census on August 10th will perpetuate the invisibility of LGBTIQA+ people and make it harder to address the needs of […]

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