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Senator Jacinta Collins resigns from parliament

Senator Jacinta Collins resigns from parliament

Labor Senator Jacinta Collins has announced she’ll tender her resignation from parliament on Friday. The senator had previously announced she would not contest the next federal election. Senator Collins used her final speech in parliament to declare that her faction of the Labor party was still powerful and there is place for people who hold […]

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Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Greens senator Janet Rice has told equality campaigners that she believes bill to change to anti-discrimination act so that students can not be expelled from schools over their sexuality or gender identity has a good chance of passing the senate when parliament resumes this week. “(It) looks like it’s potentially got the support of the […]

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Queensland MP George Christensen slams “putrid smear campaign”

Queensland MP George Christensen slams “putrid smear campaign”

Queensland MP George Christensen has labeled a news report published yesterday in the Herald Sun as “Highly defamatory”, describing it as part of a “putrid smear campaign” orchestrated by “gutless” political opponents. The newspaper reported that the Australian Federal Police has inquired about an unnamed member of parliament’s frequent travel to parts of South-East Asia, and that […]

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Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Labor have always supported religious freedom, but they will need to see the details of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposed Religious Discrimination Act before saying whether or not they’ll vote for the legislation to be introduced. This morning Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the long awaited report from former […]

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Senator Louise Pratt reflects on one year of marriage equality

Senator Louise Pratt reflects on one year of marriage equality

Western Australian Senator and Shadow Minister for Equality Louise Pratt has shared her thoughts on the advent of marriage equality since Australia voted Yes last year. Senator Pratt says the Liberal Government should never have put Australians in the position of having to debate and vote on the fundamental right for a consenting adult to […]

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Labor to move senate inquiry on LGBTI+ discrimination in schools

The federal opposition have announced they will work with the crossbench to refer the government’s bill that aims to remove exemptions that allow religious schools to expel students who are LGBTI+ for inquiry. In a joint statement from Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, Labor said they plan to “hold […]

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Federal Labor pledge $10m for Victorian Pride Centre if elected

Federal Labor pledge $10m for Victorian Pride Centre if elected

The Australian Labor Party have pledged to invest just over $10 million into the Victorian Pride Centre, should they be elected to government. The centre is the first of its kind in Australia, and is set to house eight major Victorian LGBTIQ+ organisations including JOY 94.9, Thorne Harbour Health (FKA: Victorian AIDS Council), the Australian […]

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NSW Parliament to hold Inquiry into historic LGBTI hate crimes

NSW Parliament to hold Inquiry into historic LGBTI hate crimes

New South Wales’ upper house have moved to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into hate crimes against the LGBTI+ community in Sydney between 1970 and 2010. The multi-party Inquiry will be carried out by the Social Issues Committee, following calls from the community for such an inquiry into the murders of at least 88 people over […]

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Tasmanian Labor vote for Medicare-backed gender confirmation surgery

Tasmanian Labor vote for Medicare-backed gender confirmation surgery

Tasmania’s Labor Party have voted in support of Medicare-funded gender confirmation surgery at their state conference this week, Examiner reports. Speaking at the conference, Dana Endelmanis spoke of her lived experience as a transgender woman growing up in north western Tasmania. “Trans, intersex and non-binary Australians continue to be denied fundamental healthcare rights and continue to […]

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Rodney Croome labels AG John Quigley’s statements as “nonsense”

Western Australian Attorney General is unable to say if the McGowan government will support proposed changes to the state’s Equal Opportunity Act because the results of the federal government’s review into religious freedom in Australia has not yet been released. Yesterday The Greens MP Alison Xamon put forward a bill to amend the Equal Opportunity […]

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