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Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

LGBTIQ+ advocates in Western Australia are calling on Premier Mark McGowan to reassess state laws in light of the US Supreme Court’s decision to protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that sexuality and gender based discrimination was covered by the […]

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Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ditch the Religious Discrimination Bill, following theĀ US Supreme Court ruling to protect against workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. In a landmark decision this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity is a form […]

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US Supreme Court rules against LGBTIQ+ workplace discrimination

US Supreme Court rules against LGBTIQ+ workplace discrimination

The US’ top court has ruled that the nation’s current workplace discrimination act must apply to cases of discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 that discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity is a form of sex discrimination, and protected by Title VII of the […]

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just.equal: Folau supporters show double standards in van Diemen row

just.equal: Folau supporters show double standards in van Diemen row

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal are drawing attention to the heated response to a tweet from Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer last week. just.equal have highlighted that many high profile Australians, including the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, have condemned Dr Annaliese van Diemen for comparing COVID-19 to the arrival […]

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Sporting bodies join forces against Religious Discrimination Bill

Sporting bodies join forces against Religious Discrimination Bill

Seven of Australia’s peak sporting organisations have criticised the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill in a submission to the Attorney General’s office. The Coalition of Major Professional & Participation Sport (COMPPS) – which is comprised of Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Rugby Australia, Netball Australia, the AFL, NRL and FFA – have delivered a document to […]

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Michael Kirby leads new campaign against Religious Discrimination Bill

Michael Kirby leads new campaign against Religious Discrimination Bill

Former Justice of Australia’s High Court Michael Kirby has spoken up against the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill as part of a new campaign. An alliance of free-thought organisations – the Athiest Foundation of Australia, the Rationalist Society of Australia and a number of state-based athiest organisations – have come together to call for a […]

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Equality Australia releases new religious freedom video

Equality Australia releases new religious freedom video

Equality Australia have released a new video highlighting some of the potential outcomes of the latest draft of the government’s religious discrimination bill. Speaking out against the proposed legislation is champion swimmer Ian Thorpe, basketballer Lauren Jackson and author Benjamin Law. They’re joined by a wide variety of Australians including people of faith, doctors, single […]

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On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

In early December the Morrison government announced some changes to their contentious Religious Discrimination Bill, after revealing in November the first draft would be reconsidered. LGBTIQ+ advocates have been concerned about the bill since its inception, and these changes have raised new worries that the legislation will provide more avenues for discrimination against queer folks. […]

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Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor calls on govt to release submissions on Religious Discrimination Bill

Labor is calling on the Morrison government to show some transparency on their proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, urging for the release of submissions on the legislation. The government released their second draft of the bill earlier this month, with Attorney General Christian Porter claiming to have received almost 6,000 submissions from concerned parties. Porter’s counterpart, […]

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Uniting Church group describe new bill as “a form of apartheid”

Uniting Church group describe new bill as “a form of apartheid”

A Christian group have voiced their opposition the government’s latest proposal for religious freedom laws describing it as akin to apartheid. The Uniting Church’s LGBTI group, Uniting Network, says the latest legislation put forward by Attorney-General Christian Porter fails to provide protection from discrimination for religious people, but instead sets out the rights for religious […]

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