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NSW and Tasmania raise concern over religious discrimination legislation

NSW and Tasmania raise concern over religious discrimination legislation

The New South Wales and Tasmanian governments have raised concerns about how the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination legislation will override their state’s current laws. Key elements of the Religious Discrimination Bill including those protecting statements of belief and religious organisations hiring practices would override current state laws. The opposition from two state Liberal governments adds […]

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Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Businesses & unions join community groups in opposing Religious Discrimination Bill

Tasmania’s peak business and union bodies have joined the campaign to protect Tasmania’s ‘gold-standard’ Anti-Discrimination Act from being overridden by the federal Religious Discrimination Bill. Advocates around Australia have been concerned about the effects of the Morrison Goverment’s proposed legislation superseding state-based protections, including anti-discrimination protections and conversion practice bans in Queensland, Victoria and the […]

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Advocates call on PM & Albanese to stand against weakening discrimination protections

Advocates call on PM & Albanese to stand against weakening discrimination protections

Equality advocates have called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to explain their stance on Tasmania’s “gold-standard” anti-discrimination protections. The Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill will override existing discrimination protections for many Tasmanians, and Labor leader Albanese has not committed his party to voting down this potential override of state legislation. […]

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Australian Christian Lobby met by protesters in Tasmania

Australian Christian Lobby met by protesters in Tasmania

Over sixty people gathered yesterday in Hobart to defend the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act from attacks by the Australian Christian Lobby. The group of LGBTIQA+ people, people with disability and their allies gathered outside the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart where the ACL was conducting a meeting as part of its tour of the nation. Local community […]

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Australian Christian Lobby faces more protests as it tours the country

Australian Christian Lobby faces more protests as it tours the country

The Australian Christian Lobby has faced more protests this week as it wrapped up it tour regional centres in Western Australia and headed to Tasmania. Following a peaceful protest at the group’s Perth event, ACL leader Martyn Iles faced more protesters when he delivered his The Truth Of It talk in Bunbury earlier this week. Cassandra Hymers, […]

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Tasmanian advocates welcome commitment to inclusion in schools

Tasmanian advocates welcome commitment to inclusion in schools

The Tasmanian Government decision to foster greater LGBTIQ+ inclusion in Tasmanian schools with a budget allocation of almost half a million dollars has been welcomed by LGBTIQ+ community leaders. The funds, made available as part of the Premier’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, will go towards the existing Valuing Diversity Framework currently being implemented in […]

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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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