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PFLAG calls for the release of the Ruddock religious review

PFLAG calls for the release of the Ruddock religious review

The Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are calling on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to release the recommendations put forward by Phillip Ruddock’s panel looking into religious freedom in Australia. PFLAG suggests that the delay in releasing the report is an extension of the long running debate over marriage equality which saw […]

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Government’s religious freedom review won’t report until May

Government’s religious freedom review won’t report until May

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has extended the reporting date for the government’s religious freedom review. The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the Philip Ruddock led review will not be expected to report until May, due to the sheer number of submissions to the panel. The panel was originally due to report its findings by March […]

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Senator Dean Smith takes up role as ambassador for PFLAG Perth

Senator Dean Smith takes up role as ambassador for PFLAG Perth

The Western Australian branch of PFLAG, the Parent and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, marked their 28th anniversary over the weekend as committee members from across the group’s long history met at Senator Dean Smith’s West Perth office. PFLAG announced that Senator Smith had agreed to take on an Ambassador role for the organisation. Denise […]

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Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

The federal Labor party has declared that it has no plans to introduce protections that would prevent LGBTI people being fired from their jobs if they work for a religious organisation. Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek made the declaration in response a pre-budget submission released by the¬†National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC). In their submission the NCEC […]

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Rainbow Rights WA back calls for review of state’s anti-discrimination laws

Rainbow Rights WA back calls for review of state’s anti-discrimination laws

Political advocacy group Rainbow Rights WA have joined other LGBTI+ rights groups in calling on the state government to review Western Australia‚Äôs anti-discrimination laws. Currently the state has clauses which allow religious bodies, including schools, to fire staff if they believe that the staff member is homosexual. The laws apply to all employees of institutions […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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PFLAG head critical of accusations of bullying by the YES Campaign

PFLAG head critical of accusations of bullying by the YES Campaign

The national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has spoken out against claims of bullying from YES voters in the postal survey on marriage equality. PFLAG’s Shelley Argent has released a statement critical of the government’s public vote on the rights of LGBTI Australians. “As National Spokesperson for parents with LGBTIQ sons […]

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PFLAGs Shelley Argent shares letter asking friends to support her son

PFLAGs Shelley Argent shares letter asking friends to support her son

National Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent, has penned a personal letter to her friends and extended family urging them to vote YES in the postal survey on marriage. “I am uncertain how many feel about the issue of marriage equality, but I feel I need to ask them to […]

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High Court will judge legitimacy of postal survey in September

High Court will judge legitimacy of postal survey in September

The High Court will considered two cases questioning the legitimacy of the government’s postal survey for marriage equality just days before the survey forms are sent to every Australian. The legal challenges will be heard by the full bench of the court on 5 and 6 of September, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel told a hearing […]

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High Court challenge to postal plebiscite has been filed

High Court challenge to postal plebiscite has been filed

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has launched proceedings in the High Court, seeking to stop the government going ahead with a postal vote on marriage equality. The PIAC are representing Andrew Wilkie, the independent Federal Member for Denison, as well as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Felicity Marlowe, a lesbian […]

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