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AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has confirmed to media that the government will introduce religious discrimination legislation this term of Parliament. Speaking on ABC’s RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas, Dreyfus said Labor will introduce a Religious Discrimination Bill reflecting Labor policy that says the party “will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQA+ students and teachers in faith-based schools.” Labor policy […]

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Just.Equal have questions for Labor’s Mark Dreyfus

Just.Equal have questions for Labor’s Mark Dreyfus

Rights organisation Just.Equal Australia has written to Labor’s Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, asking him to clarify Opposition policy on LGBTQ+ teachers in faith-based schools. Spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said Labor’s stance during the Religious Discrimination Bill debate was at times vague, contradictory and discriminatory. “Labor made it clear it would protect LGBTQ+ students, however, its […]

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Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor is calling on the Morrison government to show some transparency on their proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, urging for the release of submissions on the legislation. The government released their second draft of the bill earlier this month, with Attorney General Christian Porter claiming to have received almost 6,000 submissions from concerned parties. Porter’s counterpart, […]

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Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love, the local advocacy group who campaigned for marriage equality for over a decade, will stage a new political rally in the Perth CBD on Saturday as concern grows about the government’s proposed religious freedom laws. Following in the footsteps of recent rallies in Brisbane and Sydney, the group will stage a rally in […]

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Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, is calling on the Morrison government to be more transparent with the development of their religious discrimination legislation. While the proposed legislation has been approved by cabinet, and shown to religious and family groups, it has  not been shared with the opposition, or LGBTIQ groups concerned about its content. […]

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Religious freedom laws are a major issue says AG Christian Porter

Religious freedom laws are a major issue says AG Christian Porter

Attorney General Christian Porter says the government is committed to introducing laws to protect religious freedom, describing it as a major issue for constituents during the federal election. During an interview with Chris Kenny on Sky News Porter outlined the introduction of new laws was a top priority for the government. “It was election policy 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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Push for teachers to be included in anti-discrimination provisions

Push for teachers to be included in anti-discrimination provisions

Politicians from across the political spectrum appear to be getting on the same page about removing provisions within the federal anti-discrimination laws that allow students in religious based schools to be expelled, but what about the same laws that allow teachers to be sacked? Opposition leader Bill Shorten has said that it an area that […]

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LGBTI advocates back Greens push for charter of rights

LGBTI advocates have joined calls from The Greens for a senate inquiry into an Australian Charter of Rights. Following the passage of marriage equality last year, The Greens want to see Australia establish a bill of rights to solidify the rights of those who are discriminated against in our country. Greens’ Senator Nick McKim says […]

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Malcolm Turnbull says plebiscite is still the party’s policy

Malcolm Turnbull says plebiscite is still the party’s policy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told reporters that a non-binding plebiscite is still the Liberal party’s policy when it comes to the issue of marriage equality. “Our policy is clear and we have no plans to change it.” The Prime Minister declared this morning. Turnbull said the reason marriage equality had not progressed in Australia […]

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