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Rodney Croome: We can defeat the religious privilege bill – here’s how

Rodney Croome: We can defeat the religious privilege bill – here’s how

OPINION: Rodney Croome is a long-time LGBTQIA+ advocate. History is repeating. Ahead of the 2004 election the Howard Government sought to wedge Labor and pick up seats in Western Sydney by introducing a bill banning the recognition of same-sex marriages. It was a backlash to growing legal recognition of same-sex partners. It came straight out of […]

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Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Warren Entsch warns colleagues to “be careful” with religious discrimination bill

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has warned his colleagues to be careful how they proceed with the third draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill, warning he’ll have no hesitation in crossing the floor of parliament and voting with the opposition if the bill compromises marriage equality or other LGBTIQ+ rights. Attorney General Michaelia Cash is currently […]

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just.equal seeks urgent meeting with Senator Cash on religious discrimination

just.equal seeks urgent meeting with Senator Cash on religious discrimination

National lobby group, just.equal Australia, has welcomed public concerns about the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill from moderate Liberal Government Party MPs saying it increases pressure on Labor to come out against the Bill. This week Attorney General, Michaelia Cash, announced she would bring a rewrite of the Bill to parliament by December, it’ll be the […]

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Government takes third run at religious discrimination laws

Government takes third run at religious discrimination laws

The Morrison Government will have a third run at creating religious freedom laws with Attorney General Michaelia Cash telling The Australian newspaper she hopes to have legislation before parliament in December. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had originally proposed to have the laws introduced to parliament before Christmas 2019 but successive proposals have been heavily criticised as being unworkable, […]

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Religious discrimination laws back on the agenda for Morrison Government

Religious discrimination laws back on the agenda for Morrison Government

Attorney General Michaelia Cash is reportedly ready to start another round of consultations over the government’s long promised ‘religious freedom’ laws. The proposed legislation has already been through several drafts, but has yet to be submitted to the parliament. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had originally proposed to have the laws introduced to parliament before Christmas […]

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George Christensen says Christians should join political parties to control the balance of power

George Christensen says Christians should join political parties to control the balance of power

National Party MP George Christensen has urged more Christians to get involved in political parties, suggested removing Medicare funding for abortion services, and outlined his frustration that the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill has not been overtly named as a bill for ‘religious freedom’. Christensen is the latest Coalition identity to spend some time with Family […]

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Religious freedom, misinformation and ‘conversion therapy’

Religious freedom, misinformation and ‘conversion therapy’

OPINION Colin Longworth is a psychologist in private practice and long term volunteer with Living Proud and it’s predecessor organisations. It seems to me that opposition to protecting the public from the ‘noxious weed of ‘conversion therapy’ is raising its ugly head again in Western Australia. Partly it seems, in response to the idea that […]

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Is the government about to launch Version 3.0 of the religious discrimination bill?

Is the government about to launch Version 3.0 of the religious discrimination bill?

Former Howard government Minister Kevin Andrews, who is now a backbencher in the Morrison government, has shared with a family group that Attorney General Christian Porter will soon reveal the third iteration of the controversial religious discrimination bill. Andrews, who was recently dumped by the party ahead of the next election, spoke online to Family […]

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Submissions to the ‘Religious Freedom’ bill released

Submissions to the ‘Religious Freedom’ bill released

The Attorney General’s Office has made public some of the submissions to the government’s consultation over its revised religious freedom bill. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had promised to have religious freedom legislation introduced into parliament before last Christmas, but at the eleventh hour the bill was pulled and replaced with updated legislation which some critics […]

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Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Equality Tasmania has released two new fact sheets about the adverse impact of the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill on Tasmania with the aim of encouraging Tasmanians to make their views known to the Federal Government. Advocates say Tasmania is singled-out for special ill-treatment under the Religious Discrimination Bill because it has stronger discrimination protections than […]

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