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Don’t Panic! Benjamin Law investigates the Safe Schools scandal

Don’t Panic! Benjamin Law investigates the Safe Schools scandal

“Invigorating and borderline arousing” is how Benjamin Law described the last 24 hours of his life when he chatted to OUTinPerth. On the eve of the release of his Quarterly Essay, Moral Panic 101, which examines the controversy around the Safe Schools Coalition and its treatment in the media, The Australian published a story highlighting […]

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Mark McGowan: It’s time, vote yes for marriage equality

Mark McGowan: It’s time, vote yes for marriage equality

Premier Mark McGowan entered the auditorium at the WA Labor conference in late August to thunderous applause from the party faithful. At the state election in February McGowan lead the party to a resounding victory, delivering a landslide result that obliterated the longstanding Barnett Liberal government, and this was the party’s moment to celebrate that […]

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Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton, from the Australian Christian Lobby, and Karina Okotel, Vice President of the Liberal Party, spoke at the National Press Club today to outline their opposition to marriage equality. Last week The YES campaign put forward their case for change, and a week later it was the turn of the NO campaign to deliver […]

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The questions that stumped No campaigner Karina Okotel

The questions that stumped No campaigner Karina Okotel

The Liberal Party Vice President Karina Okotel was in the full swing of arguing against marriage equality this morning when she came across a question that she just couldn’t answer. Appearing on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program, Okotel was debating the issue of marriage equality with fellow Liberal Christine Forster. Forster, who is a City […]

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Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

On the day his quarterly essay is released, author Benjamin Law has been criticised over a tweet he made late last month. Law, best known for his autobiographical book The Family Law, which inspired the popular SBS sitcom, is the author of the latest Quarterly Essay which focuses on the Safe Schools program. Titled Moral Panic 101: Equality, […]

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Protecting LGBTI students added to WA Labor policy

Protecting LGBTI students added to WA Labor policy

WA Labor have endorsed a policy to protect LGBTI students at the party’s state conference. A new clause outlining the party’s commitment to anti-bullying programs was added to WA Labor’s education policy. Andy Skinner, the President of Rainbow Labor, told the conference that young LGBTI people needed support programs that stopped bullying on the basis […]

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Tony Abbott links Australia Day debate and marriage survey

Tony Abbott links Australia Day debate and marriage survey

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has linked the debate over marriage equality to a Victorian Council’s decision to move its Australia Day celebrations. Melbourne’s Yarra council announced that they would no longer celebrate Australia Day on January 26th and would move to conduct citizenship ceremonies on an alternative date. The council said it had […]

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Supporting Safe Schools is “anti-human” according to Lyle Shelton

Supporting Safe Schools is “anti-human” according to Lyle Shelton

The head of the Australian Christian Lobby has voiced his agreement with a Scottish church leader who labels support for anti-bullying programs like the Safe Schools Coalition as “anti-human”. The head of the Australian Christian Lobby was interviewing the Reverend David Robertson who is a minister at St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee Scotland. The […]

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Save Safe Schools: Protesters urge federal govt to fight bullying

Save Safe Schools: Protesters urge federal govt to fight bullying

Last Saturday, Perth’s Murray Street Mall was filled with supporters of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program – calling for its continuation across the nation. Though WA’s new Labor government have vowed to retain and fund the program once federal funding ends, the Save Safe Schools WA and supporters are urging the federal government and other […]

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Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay

Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay

OPINION Journalists, opinion writers and commentators are up in arms this morning over reports that Roz Ward, one of the founders of the Safe Schools program, suggested that 50% of kids are gay. Except Ward never said that at all. The latest ‘clutch your pearls’ moment from the mainstream media began with a report from Rebecca […]

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