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Ella Haddad is Tasmanian Labor’s new LGBTIQA+ spokesperson

Ella Haddad is Tasmanian Labor’s new LGBTIQA+ spokesperson

Tasmanian LGBTIQA+ advocates have welcomed the appointment of state Labor’s new LGBTIQA+ equality spokesperson, Ella Haddad, and have called on the Liberal Party to create a similar position. Newly elected Labor leader David O’Byrne revealed his shadow cabinet this week, appointing Haddad to the position. O’Byrne replaced former leader Rebecca White who stepped down following […]

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Research highlights lower standard of living for LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians

Research highlights lower standard of living for LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians

A report from the University of Tasmania shows LGBTQIA+ people have a lower standard of living than other Tasmanians, prompting calls for government action. The survey conducted as part of the Institute for Social Change’s Tasmania Project found LGBTQIA+ people have lower income, higher unemployment, more housing stress, poorer health and much lower personal safety […]

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Peter Gutwein’s Liberal government returned in Tasmanian election

Peter Gutwein’s Liberal government returned in Tasmanian election

Peter Gutwein has been returned as the Premier of Tasmania, leading the Liberal party to a historic third term in government. The Premier all-but-claimed victory on Saturday night, with the expectation that he will lead a majority government. Labor and The Greens attributed his success to his management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1997 Homosexuality is decriminalised in Tasmania

In 1997 Tasmania became the last Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise homosexuality On this day in 1997 Tasmania passed laws which decriminalised homosexuality. The campaign to change the laws had run for several decades and came 22 years after South Australia became the first Australian state to change the laws. Australia’s journey to decriminisation was a slow process. […]

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Equality Tasmania release election survey results ahead of Saturday’s poll

Equality Tasmania release election survey results ahead of Saturday’s poll

Tasmanian will go to the polls on Saturday with Premier Peter Gutwein hoping he can lead the Liberals to a third term in government, while Labor leader Rebecca White has mounted a strong challenge that political analysts suggest could deliver a close result, and potentially victory. Equality Tasmania has released the results of its 2021 […]

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LGBTIQ+ rights on the agenda for Tasmanian election

LGBTIQ+ rights on the agenda for Tasmanian election

LGBTIQ+ equality advocates will seek commitments to key law reforms and funding initiatives from the three Tasmanian political parties ahead of the May 1st state election. Premier Peter Gutwein will be hoping to secure a third term for the Liberals, while Labor leader Rebecca White will be hoping to turn her party’s fortunes and win […]

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Transgender flag to fly over Hobart’s Town Hall for the first time

Transgender flag to fly over Hobart’s Town Hall for the first time

In a Tasmanian first, the transgender flag will be officially raised over Hobart Town Hall to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility on 31st of March. The flag raising event will take place at midday tomorrow, Monday March 29th. The flag will fly all week. Speakers at the flag raising will be Hobart City Councillor, Jax […]

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Protestors demand apology from Tasmanian Coroner

Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have written to Premier, Peter Gutwein, seeking his intervention after a Supreme Court decision refusing Ben Jago the opportunity to take a discrimination case about the failure of the Coroner to recognise him as his late partner’s next of kin. Equality Tasmania has written to the Premier asking for an apology to […]

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Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg following the announcement of a new Holocaust museum in Tasmania. Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue earlier this week reveal the plans, speaking on the horrors of the Nazi regime. “This is an example of what we can do, to ensure future generations say ‘never […]

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Tasmanian church makes “no apologies” for conversion therapy

Tasmanian church makes “no apologies” for conversion therapy

Tasmania’s current inquiry on LGBTQIA+ conversion practices in the state has drawn attention to the ongoing provision of the harmful “therapies” in religious institutions. In a public submission to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, a church leader from Launceston has proudly admitted to engaging in attempts to alter the sexuality or gender identity (SOGI) of […]

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