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Religious freedom issues sent to Australian Law Reform Commision

Religious freedom issues sent to Australian Law Reform Commision

Attorney General Christian Porter has formally  announced the issue of how to balance religious freedom and protections from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers has been referred to the Australian Law Reform Commission for review. The government had previously indicated this would be there plan of action when Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to reach […]

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The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ MP Alison Xamon has asked the government why we don’t keep track of the level of hate crimes in Western Australia. The Greens spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs, Sexuality and Gender Diversity said she was dismayed by the inadequacy of the Government’s response to the question she asked in parliament earlier this week. Xamon […]

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The Catch Up: Here’s the 5 most read stories of the last week

The Catch Up: Here’s the 5 most read stories of the last week

Had a busy week, don’t worry you can quickly catch up on the most read stories of the last 7 days. Here’s what everyone’s been reading. Fraser Anning vows to repeal same-sex marriage laws Former One Nation and Katter Australia Party senator Fraser Anning is now establishing his own political party. He says if he’s […]

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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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