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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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Rosalind Croucher named as new head of the Human Rights Commission

Rosalind Croucher named as new head of the Human Rights Commission

Attorney General George Brandis has announced that Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher will be the new head of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Croucher will replace Professor Gillian Triggs who is retiring at the end of her five year term. Professor Croucher is currently the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). She was first […]

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Four Corners looks at the marriage debate

Four Corners looks at the marriage debate

Tonight’s episode of the ABC’s Four Corners will focus on the marriage debate in Australia, tracing the discussion from John Howard’s decision to amend the marriage act in 2004 to the plebiscite impasse that the Turnbull government faces today. Reporter Quentin Mcdermott spoke to OUTinPerth this morning ahead of the broadcast of For Better or […]

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Attorney General rejected Solicitor General’s advice on plebiscite

Attorney General rejected Solicitor General’s advice on plebiscite

Attorney General George Brandis has denied that there is a rift between him and the nation’s Solicitor General. (SG) However it has been suggested that a disagreement over marriage equality legislation advice was a catalyst for the public disagreement that was exposed earlier today. The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that the disagreement between the nation’s […]

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LGBTI community groups meet with George Brandis over plebiscite

Representatives of several LGBTI groups met with Attorney General George Brandis earlier today to discuss the government’s approach to marriage equality. The Turnbull government has vowed that a non-binding national plebiscite is the only option for the issue of marriage equality to be addressed before the next federal election despite recent polls showing public support […]

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Labor and Liberals fail to find common ground on plebiscite

Labor and Liberals fail to find common ground on plebiscite

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Assistant Shadow Minister for Equality Terri Butler have met with Attorney General George Brandis and Special Minister for State Scott Ryan to find out more about the government’s plebiscite plan. The government needs the Labor Party’s support to pass the legislation to run the plebiscite, without their support […]

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Labor to discuss terms of plebiscite with government

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus is due to meet with Attorney General George Brandis on Monday to review the proposed plebiscite legislation introduced to parliament last week. A number of federal Labor MPs including leader Bill Shorten have voiced their concerns about the public vote on marriage equality, citing the $170 million cost, public funding for […]

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