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Opinion: The Religious Discrimination Bill is Worse Than You’ve Heard

Opinion: The Religious Discrimination Bill is Worse Than You’ve Heard

OPINION: Alastair Lawrie, Senior Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre Anti-discrimination laws have an increasingly important role to play in our modern, pluralistic society. They support the ability of people to get on with their lives, free from the threat of mistreatment in employment, education and the delivery of goods and services. They underpin our […]

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Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says there are “real problems” with the government’s proposed religious discrimination act, particularly the section which will override state based discrimination laws. Appearing on the ABC’s Insiders program Plibersek said the Labor party was committed to ensuring religious discrimination did not occur but would find it difficult to back the current proposal […]

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Shelley Argent says ‘open season’ has been declared on LGBTIQ youth

OPINION | Shelley Argent is the National Spokesperson of PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  As National Spokesperson for parents with LGBTIQ sons and daughters, I ask “Who will protect them, our sons and daughters? What are their rights?” We hear about the needs of the religious, but what about their freedoms and […]

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Uniting Church LGBTIQ group express concern over religious freedom bill

Uniting Church LGBTIQ group express concern over religious freedom bill

Uniting Network, the LGBTIQ network within the Uniting Church in Australia, has expressed its concern around the short period to respond to the Exposure Drafts on Religious Freedom and Associated Legislation which was released yesterday. While the government has consulted widely with some religious groups and conservative organisations, details of the legislation had been kept […]

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Tasmania’s LGBTI community concerned about religious freedom laws

Tasmania’s LGBTI community concerned about religious freedom laws

Tasmanian LGBTI advocates are gearing up to defend their state’s strong discrimination laws from any potential federal override under the cover of “religious freedom”. Equality Tasmania will hold a No Right to Discriminate Rally at 11am on September 7th outside State Parliament in Hobart. It has also launched a new petition and webform that allows […]

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Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love will protest against religious discrimination laws

Equal Love, the local advocacy group who campaigned for marriage equality for over a decade, will stage a new political rally in the Perth CBD on Saturday as concern grows about the government’s proposed religious freedom laws. Following in the footsteps of recent rallies in Brisbane and Sydney, the group will stage a rally in […]

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Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, is calling on the Morrison government to be more transparent with the development of their religious discrimination legislation. While the proposed legislation has been approved by cabinet, and shown to religious and family groups, it has  not been shared with the opposition, or LGBTIQ groups concerned about its content. […]

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Bishop claims gay people are a result of women enjoying anal sex

Bishop claims gay people are a result of women enjoying anal sex

Over the years we heard religious leaders and politicians come up with a wide range of reasons they believe LGBTIQ+ people exist ranging from chemicals in the water to eating too many instant noodles. Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras has been ridiculed after sharing his thinking on how gay people are created. Speaking to […]

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Croome says Albanese could go further in religious freedom debate

Croome says Albanese could go further in religious freedom debate

LGBTI rights advocates have welcomed Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s opposition to discrimination against LGBTI Australians, but have called on him to go further make a specific commitment not to support weakening state and territory discrimination laws. In an exclusive interview with OUTinPerth, Albanese said “we won’t accept any discrimination on the basis of – for […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Albanese says he’s committed to LGBTIQ equality

EXCLUSIVE: Albanese says he’s committed to LGBTIQ equality

EXCLUSIVE In the wake a shock election loss, new Labor leader Anthony Albanese has been travelling the country on a ‘listening tour’ to try and gauge what are the issues Australian people are really concerned about. As the party’s new leader he’s beginning a long journey, one which he hopes will lead to a Labor […]

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