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Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Former Attorney General Philip Ruddock has told ABC radio that the review he headed that looked into the issue of religious freedom didn’t find much evidence of people being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs. On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the report seven months after it was delivered to the government. […]

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Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Bill Shorten says religion should not be a topic of argument at an election

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Labor have always supported religious freedom, but they will need to see the details of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposed Religious Discrimination Act before saying whether or not they’ll vote for the legislation to be introduced. This morning Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the long awaited report from former […]

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Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

LGBTI rights advocates at just.equal have offered qualified support for a federal Religious Discrimination Act, but have vowed to fight any attempt to water down existing state and territory discrimination protections under cover of “national consistency”. Today, the Federal Government released the Ruddock review of religious freedom and announced its response which includes a national […]

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Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

The Greens are taking action to move the Morrison government toward releasing the Ruddock Review into the state of religious freedom in Australia. The Turnbull-appointed panel led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock was due to release the information to the public in March, then in May. At this stage Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office […]

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Scott Morrison stands firm on stronger protections for religious freedom

Scott Morrison stands firm on stronger protections for religious freedom

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reasserted his support for stronger legal protections for religious freedom while speaking to ABC’s 730 program. Host Leigh Sales asked the Prime Minister about his stance on the issue after he vowed to defend religious freedom in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald last week. Sales questioned the Prime Minister on what […]

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Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

A new survey has shown that Australians are against current laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students and staff. A YouGov Galaxy Poll commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group just.equal completed a survey of 1015 Australians in April, showing massive opposition to special exemptions for these organisations from anti-discrimination laws. The data showed […]

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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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Advocates call on PM to ensure transparency in Ruddock inquiry

Advocates call on PM to ensure transparency in Ruddock inquiry

LGBTI+ advocates are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to make sure the upcoming inquiry into religious freedom is public and unbiased. The inquiry was established by the government following the success of the Yes vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to ensure religious freedoms were not being eroded, and that LGBTI people […]

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Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

In the euphoria about finally getting marriage equality in Australia, readers of OUTinPerth may not have noticed (or forgotten) that the Prime Minister, (apparently as a way of trying to silence conservatives in his party and the broader community) has formed an expert panel to examine religious freedom in Australia – led by former MP […]

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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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