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Calls for Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on Religious Discrimination

Calls for Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on Religious Discrimination

Just.Equal Australia are calling on Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek to clarify Labor’s position on the Religious Discrimination Bill. The lobby group has written to her asking where Labor stands. Spokesperson Brian Greig said Plibersek’s comments about the bill were ambiguous. “Ms Plibersek has said Labor will not be giving support to any proposals that […]

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Plibersek says Labor won’t accept any rights being reduced by Religious Discrimination bill

Plibersek says Labor won’t accept any rights being reduced by Religious Discrimination bill

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Education, Tanya Plibersek, says while Labor has indicated they won’t be opposing the Religious Discrimination bill in the House of Representatives, they’ll not be giving support to any proposals that see discrimination being allowed against other members of the community. Appearing on ABC RN Breakfast this morning Plibersek responded to a […]

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Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Plibersek says there are problems with the religious discrimination proposal

Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says there are “real problems” with the government’s proposed religious discrimination act, particularly the section which will override state based discrimination laws. Appearing on the ABC’s Insiders program Plibersek said the Labor party was committed to ensuring religious discrimination did not occur but would find it difficult to back the current proposal […]

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Labor to move senate inquiry on LGBTI+ discrimination in schools

The federal opposition have announced they will work with the crossbench to refer the government’s bill that aims to remove exemptions that allow religious schools to expel students who are LGBTI+ for inquiry. In a joint statement from Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, Labor said they plan to “hold […]

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Federal Labor pledge $10m for Victorian Pride Centre if elected

Federal Labor pledge $10m for Victorian Pride Centre if elected

The Australian Labor Party have pledged to invest just over $10 million into the Victorian Pride Centre, should they be elected to government. The centre is the first of its kind in Australia, and is set to house eight major Victorian LGBTIQ+ organisations including JOY 94.9, Thorne Harbour Health (FKA: Victorian AIDS Council), the Australian […]

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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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Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Equality advocates have repeated their calls for the Labor party to adopt a policy of scrapping existing legal exemptions that allow LGBTI people to be sacked or refused service by faith-based schools, hospitals and charities. The call comes after Deputy Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek (pictured), defended such exemptions saying “we’re not proposing to change any […]

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Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

Tanya Plibersek: Labor has no plans to stop gay teachers from being fired

The federal Labor party has declared that it has no plans to introduce protections that would prevent LGBTI people being fired from their jobs if they work for a religious organisation. Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek made the declaration in response a pre-budget submission released by the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC). In their submission the NCEC […]

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PM says postal survey’s lack of legal protections is not a concern

PM says postal survey’s lack of legal protections is not a concern

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed concerns that the proposed postal survey to gauge the nation’s appetite for marriage equality will not have the legal protections of a regular election process. The government has announced that their postal plebiscite will be deployed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), rather than the Australian Electoral Commission […]

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Plebiscite funding included in budget, advocates say it’s time to move on

Plebiscite funding included in budget, advocates say it’s time to move on

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s new budget includes funding of $170 million to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality despite the legislation failing to pass the senate in November 2016. Long-time marriage equality advocate and spokesperson for just.equal, Rodney Croome, described the government’s commitment to the failed policy as a great disappointment. “It’s deeply disappointing that the […]

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