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Senator Fierravanti-Wells says call to protect LGBTI students was a furphy

Senator Fierravanti-Wells says call to protect LGBTI students was a furphy

At the end of the first week of parliament for 2019 Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells delivered a speech welcoming the government’s decision to refer the legislation to protect LGBTI students from being expelled from schools to the Law Reform Commission. Senator Fierravanti-Wells says the idea that students could be discriminated against in any way “is a furphy”, […]

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Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Philip Ruddock: Review found little evidence of religious discrimination

Former Attorney General Philip Ruddock has told ABC radio that the review he headed that looked into the issue of religious freedom didn’t find much evidence of people being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs. On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally released the report seven months after it was delivered to the government. […]

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Australian Christian Lobby wants more protections in religious legislation

Australian Christian Lobby wants more protections in religious legislation

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the government’s release of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review but says the proposals put forward by Prime Minister Scott Morrison do not go far enough. Yesterday the Prime Minister finally released the report that was delivered to government back in May. Scott Morrison announced that the government would move […]

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Scott Morrison “The walls are closing in” on people who have religious beliefs

Scott Morrison “The walls are closing in” on people who have religious beliefs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the release of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom and laid out the government’s plans to introduce new laws that protect people from discrimination on their basis of their religious beliefs. Speaking to reporters in Canberra the Prime Minister said he’d seen the evidence that the “walls were closing […]

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Former PM John Howard frustrated by religious freedom debate

Former PM John Howard frustrated by religious freedom debate

Former Prime Minister John Howard has shared his frustration that the Morrison government has not been able to negotiate a solution the ongoing religious freedom debate. The retired politician told The Australian that it was “maddening” that the parliament had not developed a solution that allowed schools to protect their religious ethos. Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised […]

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LGBTI rights advocates head to Canberra to ask for protections for students

LGBTI rights advocates head to Canberra to ask for protections for students

LGBTI rights advocates, parents of trans and gender diverse children, teachers, leaders and allies have headed to Canberra today to call on parliament to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are treated with fairness and equality. Following the recommendations of the Ruddock Review Into Religious Freedom being leaked […]

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Revealed! The Ruddock Review recommendations are public

Revealed! The Ruddock Review recommendations are public

The report the Morrison government desperately wanted to keep out of the public realm has been revealed. Days after a single recommendation from the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review kicked off a flurry of political debate, Fairfax Media have published all 20 recommendations. The report was commissioned by the government in final days of the marriage […]

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WA government will review ‘outdated’ equal opportunity laws

WA government will review ‘outdated’ equal opportunity laws

Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley has announced that the government will commence a review of the state’s Equal Opportunity laws, including those which allow schools to expel students and fire teachers who are gay, bisexual and transgender. Quigley noted that a Law Reform Commission that looked into the laws in 2007 was now incredibly […]

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Confusion over what the Ruddock Review actually suggests

Confusion over what the Ruddock Review actually suggests

The Australian newspaper has reported that articles regarding the recommendations of the Ruddock Review in Fairfax Media are not accurate. The Australian has also gotten hold sections of the confidential report and says the recommendations surrounding how religious based schools can treat LGBTI students actually restrict how schools can discriminate against gay, bisexual and transgender students […]

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Alex Hawke says there’s nothing controversial in expelling gay students

Alex Hawke says there’s nothing controversial in expelling gay students

Special Minister of State Alex Hawke says there is nothing controversial in proposals to allow religious schools to expel students who are gay, bisexual or transgender. Overnight Fairfax Media published a leaked copy of the Ruddock Review revealing that the report notes there is no imminent threat to religious freedom in Australia.  The report does […]

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