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Hunt denounces conversion therapy, defends “freedom of speech”

Hunt denounces conversion therapy, defends “freedom of speech”

Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised concerns about “freedom of speech” while being questioned about his views on gay conversion therapy this week. Speaking with Patricia Karvelas on Radio National, the conversation quickly turned from discussing The Greens’ newly announced policy to legalise cannabis use for all adults to freedom of speech and the Victorian […]

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The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens have voiced their support for Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s private members bill that would bring in marriage equality in Australia. While the results of the government’s non-compulsory non-binding postal survey on the issue won’t be known until Wednesday morning, it is widely predicted that the ‘Yes’ campaign will be successful in showing that […]

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Plebiscite bill has failed in the senate for a second time

Plebiscite bill has failed in the senate for a second time

The government’s compulsory attendance plebiscite has been knocked back by the senate for a second time after MPs declined to have a second reading of the bill. Labor’s Senator Penny Wong delivered a passionate speech arguing against the government’s plan to poll the population rather represent the people. “This motion is not about giving people […]

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Ross Cameron defends controversial speech: “It was very pro-gay”

Ross Cameron defends controversial speech: “It was very pro-gay”

SKY News political commentator Ross Cameron has defended his speech to the Q Society fundraiser telling colleague Janine Perrett that it was, in his view, a very pro-gay speech. The former Liberal MP was criticised yesterday for comments he made during a speech at a Sydney fundraiser for the Q Society, a right-wing anti-Islam group. […]

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Bob Day vows to stay on in the senate to fight marriage equality

Bob Day vows to stay on in the senate to fight marriage equality

Family First’s Senator Bob Day has declared he’ll be staying on in the senate despite announcing his resignation last week. Senator Day took to Twitter to announce that since his party wouldn’t be able to organise a replacement for him he’s likely to stay on his role until early 2017. The South Australian senator said […]

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Turnbull: Changing marriage affects every Australian

Turnbull: Changing marriage affects every Australian

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has continued to voice support for the government’s proposed plebiscite plan, despite the bill’s near inevitable demise in the Senate. Since Labor’s announcement that they will not vote for the bill, the public vote on marriage equality is unlikely to pass through the Upper House. Marriage equality supporters are calling for a […]

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Q&A: Labor and Greens stand by blocking plebiscite bill

Q&A: Labor and Greens stand by blocking plebiscite bill

Last night’s episode of Q&A broadcast from Docklands, Melbourne covered a wide-ranging itinerary from unions to sexism, Donald Trump and the ABCC, with a final question regarding the ill-fated plebiscite bill. An audience member, who said he had recently become involved in the marriage equality debate since the coming out of a family member asked Labor MP Tim […]

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Greens call on parliament to move forward on marriage equality

Greens call on parliament to move forward on marriage equality

The Australian Greens have celebrated the announcement today that Labor will not support the government’s proposed plebiscite legislation in parliament. Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale is urging supporters of marriage equality to work together on a cross-party bill. “Let’s be clear. Marriage equality isn’t doomed. Tony Abbott’s divisive plebiscite is doomed. All three leaders […]

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Dr David van Gend: LGBT community are “playing the suicide card”

Dr David van Gend: LGBT community are “playing the suicide card”

Australian Marriage Forum President Dr David van Gend has accused marriage equality advocates who argue that a plebiscite would be harmful to LGBTIQ+ youth of “political blackmail.” Writing for On Line Opinion, the Toowoomba doctor slams Greens leader Richard Di Natale for calling on the government to dump a public vote on marriage equality because “we’ll see […]

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Greens announce they will block marriage equality plebiscite legislation

Greens leader Richard Di Natale and LGBTIQ spokesperson Janet Rice have announced their party plans to block plebiscite legislation from passing in parliament, hoping to stop a divisive and costly public vote. Senator Di Natale says The Greens do not support a plebiscite under any circumstances, pushing to legislate for marriage equality by parliamentary vote. […]

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