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WA amends laws to end forced divorce for trans and gender diverse people

WA amends laws to end forced divorce for trans and gender diverse people

Transgender and gender diverse Western Australians will no longer have to divorce their partners in order to have their gender legally affirmed after the upper house passed new legislation yesterday. The previous legislation prevented trans and gender diverse people from being able to have their gender recognised on official documents if they were married to […]

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First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

The federal senate has spent the day arguing about Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill. Working into the night the senators have addressed a large number of proposed amendments to the bill with each subsequent proposed changed knocked back. Five amendments put forward by Senator James Paterson and Senator David Fawcett have failed to gain support […]

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George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

Attorney General George Brandis has delivered a moving speech in support of marriage equality as the senate debates the bill which will allow same sex couples to wed. In his speech Senator Brandis recounted how the decriminalisation of Homosexuality had begun in South Australia 45 years ago, and one by one all Australian states had […]

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Christopher Pyne: Parliament will not resume on November 27th

Christopher Pyne: Parliament will not resume on November 27th

Christopher Pyne, the manager of government business in the house, has announced that parliament will not resume on November 27th as originally planned, but will now reconvene a week later on December 5th. Pyne says the house will sit until it has resolved the issue of same sex marriage and issues surrounding MP’s dual citizenship. […]

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Simon Birmingham says Labor will ‘play political games’ with marriage bill

Simon Birmingham says Labor will ‘play political games’ with marriage bill

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has dismissed reports that there are divisions within the Liberal party over potential legislation that will allow for marriage equality. Appearing on the Sky News program Karvelas, Birmingham said the government’s loss of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce would have no effect on how the effectiveness of the parliament, and if […]

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Will the marriage equality bill work? Read it and make up your own mind

Will the marriage equality bill work? Read it and make up your own mind

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has shared his private members bill for marriage equality with his parliamentary colleagues and released it for all Australians to consider. When Liberal MPs meet tomorrow afternoon for an emergency meeting to address the contentious issue of marriage equality, Smith, alongside Trevor Evans, Warren Enstch, Tim Wilson and Trent Zimmerman will […]

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Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Marriage equality advocates say they are seeking legal advice on a possible High Court challenge to a postal vote on marriage equality. Some government members, including the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Petter Dutton, have proposed a $40 million postal vote on the issue that will be voluntary for voters and non-binding for politicians. […]

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Christians support marriage equality without religious exemptions

Christians support marriage equality without religious exemptions

A new opinion poll has found Australian Christians back marriage equality and don’t want the reform to include extra discrimination exemptions. A Galaxy Research poll of 1000 Australian Christians released today showed 54% support for same-sex couples being allowed to marry, 77% support for a free vote in parliament as soon as possible, and 49% […]

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The Greens’ Larissa Waters quits after discovering she has dual citizenship

The Greens’ Larissa Waters quits after discovering she has dual citizenship

The Greens’ Senator Larissa Waters has announced she is quitting parliament after she discovered she holds dual citizenship and is ineligible to sit in parliament. Senator Waters was born in Canada, her Australian parents who were studying overseas and returned to Australia when she was a baby. She has not returned to Canada since she […]

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Eric Abetz condemns Pyne for undermining plebiscite policy

Eric Abetz condemns Pyne for undermining plebiscite policy

Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has spoken out against comments made by fellow Liberal Christopher Pyne suggesting marriage equality may come sooner than expected. The long-time opponent of marriage equality has told the ABC he found Mr Pyne’s comments to be divisive, deviating from government policy formed under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a plebiscite on […]

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