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Bibliophile | Hoodwinked: How Pauline Hanson fooled a nation

hoodwinked: how pauline hanson fooled a nation by Kerry-Anne Walsh Allen & Unwin Kerry-Anne Walsh was in the Canberra press gallery 25 years before becoming disenchanted with political spin and the nature of political reporting. Everyone knew Pauline (no last name needed) even though she had only been in parliament for a total of 4 […]

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Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Liberal Senator James Paterson has announced he has developed his own marriage bill, which has more emphasis on religious protections than the bill put forward by colleague Senator Dean Smith. Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he’d developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and […]

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Siewert gains Senate support for aged care inquiry

Siewert gains Senate support for aged care inquiry

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert has secured senate support to launch an inquiry into Australia’s aged care sector workforce. Senator Siewert’s motion calls for the government Community Affairs Reference Committee to look into the future of aged care in Australia in a number of areas, including its current composition and challenges and factors impacting […]

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Senator calls on government to expedite PrEP treatment approval

Senator calls on government to expedite PrEP treatment approval

Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Robert Simms will move a motion in the Senate today calling for easier access to PrEP treatment and HIV prevention resources. PrEP, of Pre-exposure prophylaxis, is currently being reviewed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration here in Australia, and may not see our market until 2017. Senator Simms wants the government to […]

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Senate rejects plebiscite; calls for free vote

Senate rejects plebiscite; calls for free vote

The Australian Senate have supported a motion from Greens Senator and LGBTI spokesperson Robert Simms rejecting a public vote on the matter of marriage equality. The Senate are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow a free vote on the matter before the year is out – joining their voices with the WA and […]

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France end blood donation ban for same sex attracted men

France end blood donation ban for same sex attracted men

  French authorities will end blanket bans on donating blood for gay and bisexual men. The bans, which are a relic of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, prevented any male who has sex with other men from ever donating blood in the country. The Netherlands recently took similar action, ending their discriminatory policy just […]

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Senator Janet Rice talks transgender rights in Australia

Senator Janet Rice talks transgender rights in Australia

While Australia drags it heels on marriage equality one of the biggest frustrations is that it drains energy and attention away from other areas of society that desperately need attention. Transgender rights is one the areas that is often highlighted as the next cab in the rank (or closest Uber on the map) for LGBTI […]

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Clash of the Senators: Heffernan Vs Leyonhjelm

Clash of the Senators: Heffernan Vs Leyonhjelm

Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm’s same sex marriage bill has been causing a stir  in the senate. Leyonhjelm has threatened not to vote in favour of the government’s bills until the Coalition party room allows a conscience vote on same sex marriage. Apparently displeased with the Liberal Democrats Senator’s actions, Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan decided […]

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‘No Gender December’ Causes Political Controversy

‘No Gender December’ Causes Political Controversy

The gender equality debate has once again been reignited in Australian politics, and this time Santa’s been pulled into the ring. Greens Senator Larissa Waters shared her support for the ‘No Gender December’ campaign that encouraged parents to question the way toy companies use gender stereotypes to market to children. “The separate aisles of pink […]

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Louise Pratt Gives Final Speech as Senator

Louise Pratt Gives Final Speech as Senator

Outgoing Labor Senator Louise Pratt made her valedictory speech yesterday before the new Western Australian senate takes its seats on July 1st. In her speech, Pratt discussed how the events surround the 2013 election and subsequent re-election brought home to her how important it is for the state’s democratic processes to hold integrity, and how […]

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