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WA Labor accused of being more interested in photo ops than law reform

WA Labor accused of being more interested in photo ops than law reform

Western Australian Premier Roger Cook and his parliamentary colleagues have been accused of choosing photo shoots over action on equal opportunity law reform. Criticism of the government’s lack of action on a range of issues affecting LGBTIQA+ communities has been made clear as over 40 public organisations share a joint letter to the Premier and […]

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WA government’s lack of action on conversion therapy in the spotlight

WA government’s lack of action on conversion therapy in the spotlight

The Western Australian government has been asked to take legislative action against conversion therapy. The government is currently holding a parliamentary inquiry into the operation of Esther House, a substance abuse facility that has been accused of using suppression and change practices as part of their treatment program. Previous clients of the facility have shared […]

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On This Gay Day: The McGowan Government was elected in 2017

The McGowan Government comes to power in 2017 Western Australia saw a change of government on this day in 2017 when Mark McGowan lead Labor to victory over the Liberal Barnett government. Described as a landslide election result the Labor won 41 of the 59 seats in Legislative Assembly, the largest majority government result in […]

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Anti-trans group Binary petition against WA conversion therapy ban

Anti-trans group Binary petition against WA conversion therapy ban

Anti-transgender organisation Binary have launched a petition to block a conversion therapy ban in WA, claiming the McGowan Government are planning to introduce a bill similar to Victoria’s ‘gold-standard’ ban. Binary have a history of rallying against the rights, health and wellbeing outcomes of trans and gender diverse folks, as well as the wider LGBTQIA+ […]

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John Carey in line for Ministerial position following re-election

John Carey in line for Ministerial position following re-election

The Member for Perth, John Carey, is in line for a Ministerial position after being re-elected for a second term on the weekend. Carey won the seat back from the Liberals at the 2017 election ousting Eleni Evangel who held it for a single term. With a swing of 17.5 per cent on first preference […]

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Advocates call on Mark McGowan to set a timetable for LGBTI+ reforms

Advocates call on Mark McGowan to set a timetable for LGBTI+ reforms

Following the WA Labor Government’s thumping election victory, LGBTIQ advocates are seeking a meeting with Premier Mark McGowan to set a timetable for LGBTI law reform. just.equal WA spokesperson, Brian Greig, said WA had falled behind other states and attention was urgently needed. “It has been 20 years since a WA Labor government addressed comprehensive […]

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Mark McGowan vows to govern for all Western Australians

Mark McGowan vows to govern for all Western Australians

A triumphant Mark McGowan claimed victory in the Western Australian election thanking those who voted for his party, including the many people who probably “voted Labor for the first time in the lives” As the tallies flowed in on Saturday it quickly became clear not only was the McGowan government going to be returned for […]

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Labor wins the WA election, decimating the Liberal party

Labor wins the WA election, decimating the Liberal party

WA Premier Mark McGowan is celebrating a history making election win with a massive victory reducing the opposition to just a handful of seats. A Labor win had been expected since the start of campaign, and Liberal leader Zak Kirkup admitted there was no way his party could win a fortnight before polling day. Polls […]

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Rainbow Futures WA release LGBTQIA+ scorecard ahead of election

Rainbow Futures WA release LGBTQIA+ scorecard ahead of election

Local LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Rainbow Futures WA have teamed up with their national peers at Equality Australia to examine the results of their community survey ahead of this weekend’s election. The majority of all respondents said all government services need to do better when dealing with LGBTQIA+ people, but police, aged care and education topped the […]

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Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

With just three days until the election, Premier Mark McGowan has today responded to just.equal’s policy survey on LGBTI issues. Read the full response here. Author of the survey, Brian Greig, said it was very disappointing that the government had sat on this survey for so long, indicating that it wanted to avoid both scrutiny […]

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