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Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

The Australian Greens have responded to the news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to Parliament early next year. The Greens say that such an Act must not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws following the release of the government response to the Ruddock […]

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Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

Greens demand release of Ruddock Review on religious freedom

The Greens are taking action to move the Morrison government toward releasing the Ruddock Review into the state of religious freedom in Australia. The Turnbull-appointed panel led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock was due to release the information to the public in March, then in May. At this stage Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office […]

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Greens call on Philip Ruddock to step down from religious freedom review

Greens call on Philip Ruddock to step down from religious freedom review

The Australian Greens are calling on former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock to resign from his position as chair of the government’s Religious Freedom Review after his appointment as President of the New South Wales Liberal Party. Greens’ Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says the new appointment is a conflict of interest, and makes his position […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Senate urges govt to redirect $20m postal survey savings to mental health

Following the success of Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill in the upper house today, the Senate has also passed a motion calling for money not spent on the postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. The motion put forward by the Australian Greens urges the government to move the $20 million allocated for, […]

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Greens urge Australians to keep campaigning for YES vote

Greens urge Australians to keep campaigning for YES vote

The Australian Greens are urging voters to continue rallying for a ‘yes’ outcome in the postal survey on marriage¬†following the news that over 50% of forms have been returned. The Greens say that the update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 57.5% of votes have been returned in the marriage equality postal survey […]

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Greens celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility in Parliament

Greens celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility in Parliament

The Australian Greens have congratulated trans and gender diverse people and community working for equality and justice on International Transgender Day of Visibility. The Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice says March 31 is an opportunity to recognise progress and reflect on how far we still have to go. “Prominent members of the trans and […]

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