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Parliamentary Inquiry hears claims of abusive behaviour from A-G’s office

Parliamentary Inquiry hears claims of abusive behaviour from A-G’s office

The Uniting Church appeared before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights inquiry into the Religious Discrimination bill on Friday, voicing their opposition to the legislation in its current form. Jason Masters, Co-convener of Uniting Network Australia, the LGBTIQA+ network within the church, said it was disappointing that during the long consultation process over the legislation there […]

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NSW and Tasmania raise concern over religious discrimination legislation

NSW and Tasmania raise concern over religious discrimination legislation

The New South Wales and Tasmanian governments have raised concerns about how the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination legislation will override their state’s current laws. Key elements of the Religious Discrimination Bill including those protecting statements of belief and religious organisations hiring practices would override current state laws. The opposition from two state Liberal governments adds […]

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Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Tasmania’s peak business and union bodies have joined the campaign to protect Tasmania’s ‘gold-standard’ Anti-Discrimination Act from being overridden by the federal Religious Discrimination Bill. Advocates around Australia have been concerned about the effects of the Morrison Goverment’s proposed legislation superseding state-based protections, including anti-discrimination protections and conversion practice bans in Queensland, Victoria and the […]

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Calls for Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on Religious Discrimination

Calls for Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on Religious Discrimination

Just.Equal Australia are calling on Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on the Religious Discrimination Bill. The lobby group has written to her asking where Labor stands. Spokesperson Brian Greig said Plibersek’s comments about the bill were ambiguous. “Ms Plibersek has said Labor will not be giving support to any proposals that […]

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Youth Pride Network & YACWA oppose Religious Discrimination Bill

Youth Pride Network & YACWA oppose Religious Discrimination Bill

Two major organisations representing young people in Western Australia have outlined their opposition to the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill, joining their voices with a number of groups and individuals standing against the legislation. Youth Pride Network (YPN) and the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) have tabled submissions to the current parliamentary committee examination […]

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Parliamentary committee set to investigate Religious Discrimination bill

Parliamentary committee set to investigate Religious Discrimination bill

Politicians will be back at Parliament House today as the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights begins its public hearings into the government’s Religious Discrimination bill. In the lead up to the hearings opening, there’s been some musical chairs with who will be sitting on the committee, with Labor swapping out some of their members […]

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Michaelia Cash says Sex Discrimination Act reform must wait

Michaelia Cash says Sex Discrimination Act reform must wait

Has Senator Cash reneged on a deal with Liberal moderates? Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said any move to update Australia’s Sex Discrimination Act would have to wait until 12 months after the passage of the Religious Discrimination Act. Senator Cash made the statement during an online discussion with conservative group Family Voice Australia. Previously the Prime […]

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Equality supporters urged to join campaign against Religious Discrimination Bill

Equality supporters urged to join campaign against Religious Discrimination Bill

Just.Equal Australia and PFLAG Australia have called on supporters of LGBTIQ+ equality to join the campaign against the Religious Discrimination Bill by sending submissions to the two current inquiries into the Bill. The two groups have partnered to establish the Equality not Discrimination campaign website that allows opponents of the Religious Discrimination bill to send […]

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Michaelia Cash pulls out of event about the Religious Discrimination bill

Michaelia Cash pulls out of event about the Religious Discrimination bill

Attorney-General Michaelia Cash has pulled out of an event where she would have discussed the government’s Religious Discrimination bill. Attendees who had registered for Family Voice Australia’s online forum with Senator Cash were informed the politician would not be appearing just 30 minutes before the online event was scheduled to begin. The Attorney-General’s absence has […]

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Conservative commentator Caleb Bond says Religious Discrimination bill doesn’t need to exist

Conservative commentator Caleb Bond says Religious Discrimination bill doesn’t need to exist

Conservative columnist Caleb Bond has added his voice to those saying the federal government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is a complete waste of time. “The Religious Discrimination Bill doesn’t need to exist,” Bond said during appearance on Sky News last week. The Herald Sun columnist said the fact that the Prime Minister was now considering creating […]

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