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Tasmania delays passing gender legislation

Tasmania delays passing gender legislation

Tasmania’s government has delayed passing legislation that would see gender records being optional on birth certificates. The delay also means that transgender people will be still be required to seek a divorce if they want to apply for formal recognition of their new gender. After the decision to allow marriage equality across Australia, states had […]

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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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Bibliophile | Louise Allan sings the song of two sisters in her latest novel

The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan Allen & Unwin Although she now lives in Perth, Louise Allan grew up in Tasmania and this is where she sets her debut novel. Starting in 1926, when a meal could be made of bread and dripping and baths were a once a week occurrence, it follows the lives […]

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Coalition for Marriage won’t take legal action against venues

Coalition for Marriage won’t take legal action against venues

The Coalition for Marriage have announced that they won’t take legal action against Tasmanian venues who refused to host their seminar. The ‘No’ campaign had difficulty in Tasmania this week after several venues turned down their booking to host a forum. One of the venue’s was Tasmania’s Wrest Point Casino, who cited security concerns, while […]

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Man arrested in relation to transgender teen assault in Hobart

Man arrested in relation to transgender teen assault in Hobart

A 32 year old Hobart man has been arrested and charged over the alleged assault of a 16 year old transgender teenager in Hobart. The 32 year old from the Hobart suburb of Taroona was charged with common assault. Police said he and the victim Thalia Black were not known to each other. “Any violence […]

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Tasmanian police charge man over alleged assault of Tony Abbott

Tasmanian police charge man over alleged assault of Tony Abbott

Tasmanian police have charged a 38 year old North Hobart man one count of common assault following an investigation into an alleged incident involving former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The man was granted bail and will appear in Hobart’s Magistrates Court at 9:30am on 23 October. Abbott told radio station 2GB that a man had […]

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Call for state leaders to pressure PM on marriage equality

Call for state leaders to pressure PM on marriage equality

LGBTQIA+ advocates are calling on Australia’s state and territory leaders to put pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a free vote on marriage equality in federal parliament. Each of the nation’s current state leaders have voiced their support for marriage equality in Australia, with a number state parliaments (including WA) passing motions urging the federal […]

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Tasmania says “The sky won’t fall in Malcolm”

Tasmania says “The sky won’t fall in Malcolm”

The LGBTI community in Tasmania has marked the 20th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality and called on the federal government to move ahead with legislating for marriage equality. A new postcard campaign was launched to mark 20 years since Tasmania became the final place in Australia to decriminalise homosexuality. The card, addressed to Prime […]

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Tasmanian Premier issues apology for past gay convictions

Tasmanian Premier issues apology for past gay convictions

Tasmania’s LGBTIQ community have celebrated Premier Will Hodgman today for offering an apology to those convicted under past discriminatory laws against homosexuality and cross-dressing. Premier Hodgman will issue the apology this afternoon, coinciding with a debate on a bill to overturn historical convictions. The move also comes just before the 20th anniversary of the decriminalisation […]

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Protesters bring their rainbow flags to the office of Senator Eric Abetz

Protesters bring their rainbow flags to the office of Senator Eric Abetz

Protesters have voiced their displeasure about recent comments Liberal Senator Eric Abetz made about rainbow flags by staging a peaceful demonstration outside his Tasmanian office. The Wednesday night protest came in the wake of comments from Senator Abetz declaring the Rainbow Flag the symbol of a “political cause” and questioning whether it should be flown […]

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