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Liberal MP Dean Smith Confirms He’s Working On Marriage Equality Bill

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LGBTIQ advocates are frustrated yet another Australian Census won’t ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, keeping queer communities largely invisible. The Australian Bureau of Statistics runs the national Census every five years. This year’s official Census night is on Tuesday, August 10. Forms are now hitting mailboxes across Australia. The Census’ national population data …

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South Australian Liberal Senator Alex Antic has vowed to oppose efforts to allow “X” gender markers for non-binary Australians on passports, despite Australia introducing them ten years ago. Senator Antic (pictured) made the comments on Cory Bernardi’s Sky News program Bernardi last week. The pair were criticising the US government’s plans to provide an “X” …

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Queensland Liberal MP Warren Entsch has warned he’ll vote against his government’s controversial Religious Discrimination Bill if it undermines LGBTIQ rights. This month, federal Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said the long-delayed legislation would make a comeback by the end of the year. Speaking on LGBTIQ radio station JOY 94.9, Entsch declared he will cross the floor …

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The federal government has voted down a Senate motion from the Greens calling for LGBTIQ consultation on the religious discrimination bill. Greens Senator Janet Rice put the motion forward in the Senate on Tuesday. It took aim at the Coalition MPs who recently voted in support of a failed One Nation motion condemning medical care …

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The Greens want amendments to the Morrison government’s controversial Online Safety Bill after “serious” censorship concerns from LGBTQ and sex worker advocates. The government’s draft laws would beef up the powers of Australia’s eSafety commissioner to target bullying and harassment of both children and adults online. The draft Online Safety Bill increases the maximum penalty …

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Attorney General Michaelia Cash has said the Morrison Government’s controversial religious discrimination bill will make a comeback by the end of the year. Senator Cash told The Australian she is meeting faith groups to consult on the legislation. She said she hopes to introduce it to parliament by December. “Our government takes the issue of …

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Morrison Government ministers Michaelia Cash and Linda Reynolds and 19 of their Coalition colleagues backed an ultimately unsuccessful One Nation Senate motion condemning medical care for transgender children. One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts put forward the motion on Tuesday. It called for doctors to use a “wait-and-see” approach in treating children with gender dysphoria. Senator …

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Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has said she “deserves” a six-month ban from using all Qantas services after abusing airline staff with expletives and a gay slur. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Senator Lambie “reacted adversely” after airline staff in Melbourne told her she couldn’t access the airline’s exclusive Chairman’s Lounge. During the rant, she …

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Reverend Fred Nile will introduce legislation in New South Wales to restrict transgender children from accessing gender-affirming treatment before the age of 18, the retiring MP’s successor Lyle Shelton says. Rev Nile, the longest-serving New South Wales MP, is retiring from state politics this November. Former Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton will take over …

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The Australian Government has said following Australian allies’ lead in holding two men responsible for Chechnya’s “gay purge” could take several months. Over several years, the Russian republic has conducted the so-called “gay purge”, abducting, torturing, and even killing queer people in the region. Last month, the Victorian Pride Lobby launched a Change.org petition calling …

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