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Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

Advocates welcome Porter’s commitment to protect state laws

LGBTI equality advocates have welcomed a commitment from federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, that proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws will not interfere with existing state and territory discrimination protections. But they remain concerned about “the devil in the detail” of federal legislation, and have called on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to give an iron-clad […]

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Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

LGBTI groups and individuals are being urged to make their views known to the Federal Government about proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws. Advocacy group just.equal is concerned that the government has announced a consultation process involving MPs and religious groups, but it has not been clear if LGBTI groups will also be consulted. Just.equal […]

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Community calls for end to LGBTI discrimination on religious grounds

Community calls for end to LGBTI discrimination on religious grounds

Politicians, entertainers, activists and religious leaders have come together to draw attention to the wide range of Australians who do not want to see new religious freedom laws implemented in Australia fearing it will lead to an increase in discrimination against LGBTI people. Comedian Tom Ballard, journalist Helen Razer, PFLAG spokesperson Shelley Argent and the […]

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison condems Brunei’s anti-gay laws

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condems Brunei’s anti-gay laws

LGBTI human rights advocate Rodney Croome has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s strong condemnation of new, repressive laws in Brunei, which target LGBTI people and other minorities. Responding to a letter from Croome asking him to speak out against Brunei’s laws, Prime Minister Morrison wrote, “The government’s view is clear: criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships […]

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Just.Equal pledges to put LGBTI issues on the election agenda

Just.Equal pledges to put LGBTI issues on the election agenda

The national LGBTIQ lobby group, just.equal, says it will seek commitments from all main parties to priorities identified by the LGBTIQ community. Following the announcement of a federal election for May 18th, just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the group was aware of the issues concerning LGBTI people. “In August last year we surveyed the LGBTI […]

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Oxford Street: An Open Letter to the Golden Mile

Oxford Street: An Open Letter to the Golden Mile

OPINION Dear Oxford Street, Thanks for another great Mardi Gras. As always, LGBTI people, our families and allies enjoyed being cheered on by your thronging crowds. But I was not a fan of the campaign run in your name by the ANZ in the lead up to Mardi Gras, the one where rainbows, unicorns, pink […]

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Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Psychologists at the University of Sydney have released the results of a study that examined psychological distress experienced by LGBTI+ people during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017. The study showed that the overall stigma experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people during the debate was a source of stress, but also resilience […]

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Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

Rights group just.equal gives cautious support for Religious Discrimination Act

LGBTI rights advocates at just.equal have offered qualified support for a federal Religious Discrimination Act, but have vowed to fight any attempt to water down existing state and territory discrimination protections under cover of “national consistency”. Today, the Federal Government released the Ruddock review of religious freedom and announced its response which includes a national […]

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Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

OPINION A year on from the marriage equality postal survey it’s time to bust some myths about why it was held and what impact it had. The postal survey was not necessary to win marriage equality. It did not change hearts or minds for the better, carry parliament over the line or cement reform It […]

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Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie says proposals to remove a gender record from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe.” The Western Australian MP was speaking on Sky News about a proposal put forward in Tasmania, but a similar recommendation has also been made by the WA Law Reform Commission. “There are just […]

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