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Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

The federal government inquiry into religious freedom has come under fire once again, with news that submissions will be kept secret from the Australian public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office today revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that the panel would not publish the submissions – which are ordinarily freely available to the public. “Submissions […]

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Greens: $41.5 mil postal survey savings must fund mental health

Greens: $41.5 mil postal survey savings must fund mental health

The Government Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has revealed that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey came in $41.5 million under budget. The Greens are calling for those savings to go towards mental health services for LGBTIQ+ Australians, after the government held a national debate on the community’s right to marry. Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator […]

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Peter Dutton against decision making via postal surveys in the future

Peter Dutton against decision making via postal surveys in the future

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton has declared the government’s decision to use a national postal survey was a great success, but also argues it should not be used in the future to decide other issues. Dutton, one of the architects of the ‘postal plebiscite’ has penned an opinion piece for Farifax Media describing […]

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Government announces postal survey cost much less than expected

Government announces postal survey cost much less than expected

Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann has announced that the financial cost of the postal survey was much less than the anticipated $122 million. Senator Cormann announced on his Twitter account that the process had been delivered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for $80.5 million. “Happy to report that the ABS delivered the […]

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Turnbull accuses Shorten of trickery over marriage bill amendments

Turnbull accuses Shorten of trickery over marriage bill amendments

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is supportive of some amendments being made to the marriage bill when it is debated in the House of Representatives. The bill passed the senate yesterday, but will now have to wait until the House of Representatives meet next week before being debated further. Speaking to the media this […]

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Abetz: Smith’s marriage bill goes further than same-sex marriage

Abetz: Smith’s marriage bill goes further than same-sex marriage

Long-time opponent of LGBTI+ rights Senator Eric Abetz has said that the bill currently before the parliament to make changes to the Marriage Act goes far beyond the question that was put to the Australian people in the postal survey. Speaking in the Upper House today, Senator Abetz argued that marriage is a social unit […]

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Catholic Archbishop says majority did not vote for marriage equality

Catholic Archbishop says majority did not vote for marriage equality

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has argued that the majority of Australians did not voice support for marriage equality because some people did not return their survey forms. Archbishop Anthony Fisher says that because 20 per cent of people abstained from taking part in the survey, support for allowing same sex couples to marry is […]

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Hannah Mae on fighting hate with love and music

Hannah Mae on fighting hate with love and music

Local Perth five-piece Hannah Mae and the Hoodwinks recently launched their latest music video in response to a vicious homophobic attack on the group’s front woman. The video for This Love addresses an incident last year where Hannah Mae and her partner were verbally abused and attacked outside of a Perth restaurant. Following a warm response […]

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No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters have launched an online petition calling for a recount of the Australian Marriage Postal Survey. The petition at change.org claims that the results provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are “unreliable and do not represent the true numbers reflected by the Australian people.” The petition says that corruption is widespread throughout government departments and […]

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Turnbull says ‘Yes’ victory is an affirmation for same sex couples

Turnbull says ‘Yes’ victory is an affirmation for same sex couples

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reacted to the ‘Yes’ victory of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Speaking on mix94.5 this morning, the PM was questioned about the extraordinary postal poll on the issue of marriage equality. “Democracy has a cost, and what an amazing affirmation,” the Prime Minister told hosts Clairsy, Matt & Kymba. […]

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