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PM claims discrimination against gay students is already law

PM claims discrimination against gay students is already law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has falsely told reporters that making a federal law that allows for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students to be expelled from religious based schools would not result in any changes from existing rights. Overnight Fairfax Media published parts of a leaked copy of the Rudduck Review, a report into religious […]

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Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

OPINION We can’t be sure exactly what Scott Morrison wants to “prevent” with religious freedom legislation, but there’s enough evidence to make an educated guess. In a recent television debate I had with Sydney Anglican bishop, Michael Stead, the bishop surprisingly said he did not want wedding businesses and government registry staff to be allowed […]

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Scott Morrison says ‘Gender Whisperers’ need to stay out of classrooms

Scott Morrison says ‘Gender Whisperers’ need to stay out of classrooms

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being encouraged to meet transgender youth and their families after tweeting that “gender whisperers” need to be kept out of Australian schools. The Prime Minister shared a story from The Daily Telegraph which revealed that schools are receiving more requests for specifically trained counselors to deal with transgender students. Australia’s new […]

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Survey finds conversion therapy top issue for LGBTIQ communities

Survey finds conversion therapy top issue for LGBTIQ communities

A new survey shows a national ban on conversion therapy is the top priority for LGBTIQ+ Australians ahead of the next federal election. The survey was initiated by advocate group just.equal and the Parent’s and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The research was conducted by social science researcher, Dr Sharon Dane, in a private capacity. […]

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Rodney Croome labels AG John Quigley’s statements as “nonsense”

Western Australian Attorney General is unable to say if the McGowan government will support proposed changes to the state’s Equal Opportunity Act because the results of the federal government’s review into religious freedom in Australia has not yet been released. Yesterday The Greens MP Alison Xamon put forward a bill to amend the Equal Opportunity […]

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Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

LGBTI+ advocates are calling on the federal opposition to remove discrimination exemptions for faith-based schools in light of their recent commitment to increase funding to such institutions. The Australian Labor Party recently pledged to increase funding for religious schools by $250 million. Veteran LGBTI+ activist Rodney Croome says these schools should be held to the […]

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Poll shows increased support for marriage equality since legalisation

Poll shows increased support for marriage equality since legalisation

A new poll has shown increased support for marriage equality since the Australian Parliament amended the Marriage Act to allow same-gender couples to wed late last year. The Essential Poll shows an increase in support from 61% to 65%, while opposition to same-gender marriage has dropped from 32% to 26% overall. The poll also recorded […]

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LGBTI advocates back Greens push for charter of rights

LGBTI advocates have joined calls from The Greens for a senate inquiry into an Australian Charter of Rights. Following the passage of marriage equality last year, The Greens want to see Australia establish a bill of rights to solidify the rights of those who are discriminated against in our country. Greens’ Senator Nick McKim says […]

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Gay marriage has made it an ‘Annus Horribilis’ says Catholic Archbishop

Gay marriage has made it an ‘Annus Horribilis’ says Catholic Archbishop

The combination of gay marriage, legalised euthanasia and criticism of the church’s history of failing to address sexual abuse, has made 2018 a ‘Annus Horribilis’ for Christians according to Anthony Fisher, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. “For people of faith you might say it has been an ‘annus horribilis’, as our Christian conceptions of life […]

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LGBTI advocates concerned by new Philip Ruddock appointee

LGBTI advocates concerned by new Philip Ruddock appointee

LGBTI advocates have expressed concern about the latest appointee to the religious freedom review of the recent changes to the Marriage Act, headed by former Abbott Government Attorney General Philip Ruddock. Philip Ruddock, the Howard Government minister who introduced the bill in 2004 that excluded same-sex couples from marriage in Australia, has been a controversial […]

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