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ACT Government to Quash Past Gay Sex Convictions

ACT Government to Quash Past Gay Sex Convictions

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced that the ACT government is poised to quash historical gay convictions. Until 1976, consensual homosexual acts between men were illegal, and men convicted before that date still hold a criminal record. Men could previously be convicted under charges of buggery on a male person, attempted buggery and indecent assault on […]

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Politicians Join Forces to Celebrate Pride

Politicians Join Forces to Celebrate Pride

On Thursday November 20th, National MLC Martin Aldridge, Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren and Labor MLC Stephen Dawson held the event ‘Celebrating Pride at Parliament’. The evening was spent celebrating cross-party support for the LGBT community and discussing the future of queer rights including same sex marriage. Greens MLC Lynn […]

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The Long Engagement: Waiting on Marriage Equality

The Long Engagement: Waiting on Marriage Equality

A Snail is a Worthy Motif When scientists in Taiwan recently discovered a new species of snail they decided to name it after marriage equality. “We decided that maybe this is a good occasion to name the snail to remember the struggle for the recognition of same-sex marriage rights.” The Taiwanese scientist’s decision seems an […]

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WA Will Not Join VIC in Quashing Gay Convictions

After Victoria abolished the convictions of gay men for consensual same sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality, activists called on politicians nationwide to follow suit. In January, after the bill had been introduced, OUTinPerth asked WA’s Attorney General Michael Mischin whether Western Australia had any plans to take on similar legislation. A spokesperson […]

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Lynn MacLaren Talks Same Sex Marriage in WA

Lynn MacLaren Talks Same Sex Marriage in WA

Lynn MacLaren, Member for the South Metropolitan Region last year introduced a same sex marriage bill into the WA parliament. On October 7th she will be hosting a forum to discuss the constitutionality of the bill and how it would work successfully alongside the Federal Marriage Act with University of New South Wales constitutional lawyer […]

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R U OK? Day Puts the Focus on Mental Health

R U OK? Day Puts the Focus on Mental Health

This week’s focus on mental health and wellbeing continues with R U OK? Day. R U OK? is a not for profit organisation that aims to encourage Australians to ask those who may be struggling, ‘are you okay?’. R U OK? Day is on the second Thursday of every September, and serves as a reminder […]

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Same Sex Marriage – The Time Has Come: Lynn MacLaren

Lynn MacLaren, The Greens MLC for the Southern Metro Region responds to the latest poll showing overwhelming support for marriage equality.   Today, whether you were straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex or questioning, you would have woken up to news that support for same-sex marriage has jumped in Australia. As of June this year, a poll […]

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Marriage Equality Supporters March on IDAHoBiT

Marriage Equality Supporters March on IDAHoBiT

Saturday the 17th of May marked IDAHOBIT Day, (or International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. On the day a crowd assembled in Perth’s Murray Street Mall to rally for the legalisation of same sex marriage. Miranda Wood chaired the rally, introducing the speeches and leading the crowd in a march through Murray and Hay […]

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Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

After Tanya Plibersek announced yesterday she would be introducing legislation to allow same sex marriage into federal parliament in the coming months, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has advised the Deputy Labor Leader not to push the legislation until a cross-party committee can do its work. “The best way of getting a bill through Parliament […]

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WA Will Consider Same Sex Marriage Legislation

WA Will Consider Same Sex Marriage Legislation

The President of WA’s Legislative Council, Mr Barry House has declared that the WA Parliament will consider legislation for same sex marriage that was introduced by The Green’s MLC Lynn MacLaren late last year. Ms MacLaren introduced the legislation on the last day of parliament sitting last year, but later in the day the conservative […]

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