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Opponents of conversion therapy laws fight to stop them in WA

Opponents of conversion therapy laws fight to stop them in WA

Former Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who is now the WA director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), says the McGowan Labor Government is considering introducing legislation to ban conversion therapy. “The McGowan government is seriously considering introducing legislation based on Victoria’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Bill 2020, which passed its final hurdle in the […]

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LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

OPINION: Alison Xamon MLC is a member of The Greens in the Western Australian Parliament. LGBTIQ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians. It is hurting them in complex and long-lasting ways. While it is impossible to quantify exactly how many Western Australians are directly affected, La Trobe University’s February 2021 report Healing Spiritual […]

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Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

The Andrews government in Victoria has successfully passed its bill banning conversion therapy after a late night parliamentary debate. The Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill, which makes it illegal to try to suppress or change another person’s sexuality or gender identity, passed the Legislative Council 27 votes to nine late on Thursday night. The […]

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Calls for McGowan and Kirkup to explain LGBTI+ policies

Calls for McGowan and Kirkup to explain LGBTI+ policies

LGBTI rights group just.equal are calling on the leaders of both major political parties to outline what their stance is on major issue of concern to LGBTI voters. The demand comes Liberal leader Zak Kirkup closed down questions from the media about the party’s candidate for Victoria Park, Amanda-Sue Markham, and her views on homosexuality. […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to all party leaders in Western Australia ahead of the state election asking them to support six key law and policy reforms. WA spokesperson, Brian Greig, said just.equal was focusing its leaders survey on particular LGBTIQ+ issues where WA had fallen behind other states. “With the election just 11 weeks […]

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Advocates say SA Libs expose WA Labor “furphy” on religious exemptions

LGBTI advocates in Western Australia are asking why the Liberal Government of South Australia is moving forward to scrap religious exemptions while the WA Labor Government says that it can’t. Maxine Drake, local spokesperson for national lobby group just.equal, said WA Attorney General John Quigley had repeatedly said he could not progress legislation in this […]

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just.equal reviews McGowan Government on LGBTI+ policy

just.equal reviews McGowan Government on LGBTI+ policy

OPINION: Brian Greig from just.equal looks over the McGowan Government’s contributions to the LGBTIQ+ communities during their first term in government.  The state Labor Government is coming to the end of its first term with an election due next March. It’s time to review its performance and lay out what we should expect if it […]

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Court considering lodging equal opportunity complaint against Lotterywest

Court considering lodging equal opportunity complaint against Lotterywest

Margaret Court has told The West Australian that she’s considering taking out an equal opportunities complaint against Lotterywest after the funding body declined an application to buy a new freezer truck for the charity arm of her Victory Life Church. The Lotterywest board decided not to provide funding to Victory Life, instead provide funds to other […]

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Inclusive Education WA funding ends without renewal

Inclusive Education WA funding ends without renewal

Inclusive Education WA (IEWA), Western Australia’s rebranded version of the Safe Schools program, will no longer be funded after October 31st 2020. In 2018, the program announced a new name following criticism from conservative groups after its initial launch, state election campaigns and throughout the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The WA Department of Education has confirmed that the […]

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Advocates say WA govt show double standards on conversion therapy

Advocates say WA govt show double standards on conversion therapy

West Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates have accused the McGowan Government of double standards when tackling child abuse in religious organisations. Earlier this week, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk told The West Australian that the government had decided that state legislation aimed at improving the reporting of child abuse would focus on religious institutions “because as institutions those […]

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