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Singer accused of being homosexual faces death penalty in Iran

Singer accused of being homosexual faces death penalty in Iran

A famous Kurdish singer is facing the death penalty after being accused of being homosexual in Iran. Mohsen Lorestani, a resident of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah has reportedly been arrested under the country’s strict laws against same-sex relationships. While information is limited, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports that he has been charged with […]

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Defence Force denies it has any plans to ban the words ‘his’ and ‘her’

Defence Force denies it has any plans to ban the words ‘his’ and ‘her’

The Australian Defence Force has denied claims by The Herald Sun that it has plans to ban the words ‘his’, ‘he’ and ‘she’ and ‘her’ from being used by personnel. In a front page story today the newspaper suggests that a guide to using non-gendered language and respecting pronouns of transgender people used in the […]

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Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is adamant that the defence force should change its policy which allows gender reassignment surgery for transgender service personnel. The conservative MP disagrees with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan who have defended the funding. The member for Canning has stepped up his campaign for […]

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Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says he has reassured Western Australian politician Andrew Hastie that Australia’s military is focused on the defence of the nation, and allowing transgender personnel to undertake gender reassignment surgery is not reducing their effectiveness. Hastie has spoken out about the defence force’s policy over the last week, arguing […]

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Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Hastie committed to cutting gender reassignment surgery in defence

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has declared he’s committed to stopping transgender service personnel from receiving gender reassignment surgery on the tax payer’s dollar. The former SAS officer discussed his opposition to the defence force policy in a recent speech that was reported in the media over the weekend. “I do not see how […]

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Defence Minister says cost of transgender health care is justified

Defence Minister says cost of transgender health care is justified

Defence Minister Marise Payne has rejected calls to scrap health care in the armed forces for personnel who have gender disphoria. Answering a question in parliament from One Nation’s Senator Pauline Hanson, the Defence Minister said it would be invidious to discriminate between health conditions affecting personnel. Over the weekend it was reported that over […]

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Christopher Pyne apologises for marriage equality comments

Christopher Pyne apologises for marriage equality comments

Liberal minister Christopher Pyne has apologised for his comments where he suggested marriage equality might be achieved in Australia sooner than people expected. Leaked comments Pyne made last Friday set off days of in-fighting among government ministers exposing an ideological rift within the party’s ranks. The South Australian MP made the apology during a speech […]

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