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Pride & Politics: PICYS youth and Senator Louise Pratt talk LGBTIQ issues

Pride & Politics: PICYS youth and Senator Louise Pratt talk LGBTIQ issues

The 17th of May marked a massive milestone in the LGBTI movement with it being International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. One of Perth’s LGBTI friendly youth mental health organisations, Perth Inner City Youth Services (PICYS), coincided with the world of politics by convening a meeting with Labor Senator and LGBTI activist, Louise Pratt, […]

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Law Body: Government’s marriage bill goes too far

Law Body: Government’s marriage bill goes too far

The Law Council of Australia says the government’s proposed changed to the marriage laws, which would allow civil celebrants and  service providers run by religious bodies to reject same sex weddings, go too far. In their submission to the Senate Inquiry into the proposed legislation the law body recommends that the government drop the provisions […]

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Senate voices support for ending HIV transmissions by 2020

Senate voices support for ending HIV transmissions by 2020

In recognition that today is World AIDS Day, the Senate has passed a motion reaffirming Australia’s commitment to ending HIV transmission by 2020. The motion was put forward by Labor’s Senator Louise Pratt, The Liberal’s Senator Dean Smith and The Greens’ Senator Janet Rice. Speaking about the motion Senator Rice said there was still significant […]

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Labor’s fundraiser for progressive candidates pokes fun at Peter Abetz

Labor’s fundraiser for progressive candidates pokes fun at Peter Abetz

As the state election draws closer the Labor Party appear to have Southern River MLA Peter Abetz in their sights. Their latest fundraiser looks like it will poke quite a bit of fun at the politician who has outspoken views on marriage equality, the Safe Schools Coalition, and works hard to protect primary school running […]

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WA Senator Louise Pratt delivers emotional speech against plebiscite

WA Senator Louise Pratt delivers emotional speech against plebiscite

Labor Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt gave a stirring and personal speech in the Senate yesterday, during debate on the Government’s now defunct plebiscite bill. The out politician and mother has been a vocal opponent of the plebiscite since its inception under the Abbott Liberal government, and yesterday she spoke from her own experience […]

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Leyonhjelm will support plebiscite legislation

Leyonhjelm will support plebiscite legislation

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm has told The Australian Financial Review that he’s ready to support legislation for a plebiscite on marriage equality because he believes it’s the fastest way to bring about change. Senator Leyonhjelm said that while he had previously expressed opposition to the plebiscite proposal he now believed that it was the fastest […]

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Re-elected Labor senators push to block plebiscite in Parliament

Re-elected Labor senators push to block plebiscite in Parliament

Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh and WA’s Louise Pratt are urging the ALP to aim for a free vote by MPs on marriage equality in Parliament by blocking the proposed plebiscite in Canberra. Senator Pratt returns to the senate as Rainbow Labor co-convenor and has been given the position of Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and […]

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Louise Pratt appointed Shadow Minister

Labor’s Senator Louise Pratt is back in federal parliament and has been appointed to the Shadow Ministry. Today Senator Pratt was named the Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities. Senator Pratt said she was delighted to be taking on the new role. “I am excited to be in this role as my involvement in […]

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What’s on this week’s ‘All Things Queer’

What’s on this week’s ‘All Things Queer’

‘All Things Queer’ RTRFM’s weekly program focussed on LGBTIQ+ issues is on air today at 11:00am. On today’s show the team have lined up a great series of interviews. Vice President of Pride WA Graham Lovelock is going to be providing some information on what’s planned for this years PrideFEST in November. Paul Van Lieshout […]

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Louise Pratt throws her support behind Pat Dodson

Louise Pratt throws her support behind Pat Dodson

Former Labor senator Louise Pratt has announced she will not be putting her hand up for the casual vacancy in the senate caused by the resignation of Senator Joe Bullock. Ms Pratt has voiced her support for indigenous leader Pat Dodson to fill the seat after Labor Leader Bill Shorten announced Mr Dodson was his […]

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