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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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‘Lion’ starring Dev Patel is a mighty fine film

Lion | Staring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman | Opens Thursday Jan 19 | ★★★★★ Saroo Brierley’s life makes an incredibly captivating story. Last year I heard Saroo, who was adopted by an Australian couple, talking to Richard Fidler on ABC radio about his journey to find his biological family. It’s one of those tales that […]

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Lambie and Hanson want a super-plebiscite

Lambie and Hanson want a super-plebiscite

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has outlined her plan for a super-plebiscite at the next election and she’s says it’s an idea Pauline Hanson supports too. In the wake of the defeat of the government’s legislation to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality Senator Lambie took to Twitter and said the senate had killed off “people […]

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Tasmania passes motion to support marriage equality

Tasmania passes motion to support marriage equality

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed a motion in support of marriage equality in Australia, following a successful in-principle motion in the Lower House last year. Though the decision will not have any direct consequences for LGBTIQ couples in Tasmania, Independent MLC Tony Mulder (pictured) says this is an important moment for his state. “It’s about doing […]

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Tasmanian Premier hints at watering down of anti-discrimination laws

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has indicated that his government will consider making changes to the state’s anti-discrimination laws ahead of the federal government’s proposed marriage plebiscite. Speaking at a budget estimates hearing on Monday the Premier said he was considering changing the state’s laws. “We want people on both sides of the debate to have […]

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ACL head dismisses proposal for respectful debate

The head of the Australian Christian Lobby has described a proposal for opponents and supporters of marriage equality to set ground rules for a respectful debate as “laughable”. Rodney Croome, the national director of Australian Marriage Equality, wrote a piece for ‘The Mercury‘ calling or a respectful debate in the lead up to the national […]

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Tasmania ready to apologise for gay convictions

Tasmania ready to apologise for gay convictions

The Tasmanian government has announced it will move legislation next year to allow criminal records for gay sex to be expunged. The government will also apologise to those who were prosecuted. In 1997 Tasmanian became the final Australian state to decriminalise private, consenting, adult male sex, and it will be the first to provide a […]

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Tasmanian Parliament pass motion to support marriage equality

Tasmanian Parliament have passed a motion to support marriage equality, becoming the third state to urge the federal government to take action. The bill, which was introduced by the Greens, was passed 15-9 in Tasmania’s predominantly Liberal lower house. Two other Liberal governed states, NSW and WA, passed similar motions in the past few months. […]

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Tasmanian Greens push for marriage equality vote

The Tasmanian Greens have announced that they will bring forward a motion declaring in-principle support for marriage equality in the state’s parliament. Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has negotiated with the other parties for an extended debate on the issue, a move which will allow every politician a chance to have their say. Ms O’Connor said […]

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