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Attorney-General Christian Porter will redraft the Morrison government’s religious discrimination bill to allow faith-operated hospitals and aged care providers to hire and fire staff on the basis of their religion. But LGBTIQ advocates have warned the changes to the bill must not allow discrimination on the basis of people’s sexuality. Porter said the organisations would …

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Bob Katter has claimed the backlash against Israel Folau for linking the deadly bushfires to same-sex marriage amounts to “intense Christian persecution”. In a lengthy statement on Monday, the outspoken Queensland MP admitted he “disagrees with Folau on some elements of theology and fundamentalism” without elaborating. “But the intense persecution that he has been suffering …

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Senator Pauline Hanson has been asked to apologise to intersex people for calling the issues affecting their community “rubbish”. Yesterday, Greens Senators Rachel Siewert, Janet Rice and Labor senator Louise Pratt moved a motion recognising Intersex Day of Solidarity this month. The motion called on parliamentarians to commit to learning about intersex people and “consider …

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Three conservative senators have come under fire for voting against a Senate motion recognising Transgender Awareness Week. Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Janet Rice and Labor Senator Patrick Dodson put forward the joint motion on Wednesday. “Transgender Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about gender diversity, work to remove all forms of discrimination against …

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LGBTIQ advocates have called on Labor to oppose contentious provisions in the government’s draft religious discrimination bill in the wake of the party’s post-election review. Responding to Labor’s 2019 election postmortem released on Thursday, just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said the review “failed to present concrete evidence the party’s election defeat was because of the defection …

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New ambassador for headspace, Georgie Stone, has said Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s commentary on transgender issues is impacting his government’s efforts to reduce Australia’s suicide rate. The 19-year-old transgender advocate and actress has been announced as a new spokesperson for the youth mental health organisation. Georgie said the Prime Minister’s “really disappointing” comments about transgender …

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The NSW Greens have apologised after their member newsletter featured a “transphobic” article claiming the “transactivist agenda” leads to “negative consequences” for women. The party published the article by Marrickville Greens member Margot Oliver in a recent edition of internal newsletter Greenmail. In it, Oliver questions the legitimacy of the “transactivist agenda” and claims the …

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A biography of Penny Wong, due for release on 1 October, asks if Australia is ready for a gay Asian woman as Prime Minister. An extract of Penny Wong: Passion and Principle by Margaret Simons and published by Black Inc Books appears in The Guardian. In the extract published today, Margaret Simons writes that Penny …

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Besieged Liberal MP Gladys Liu earlier this week “could not recall” her now-confirmed links to various Chinese groups, but it’s not the first time the Victorian politician’s memory has failed her. The Victorian federal MP, who was elected in May, is under fire after media reports claimed she had formerly belonged to groups with links …

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Labor Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has criticised the Morrison Government for “secrecy” around their religious discrimination bill and called for proper consultation. Dreyfus said despite the Coalition “arguing about this issue for more than two years” they want to give Australians “just weeks” to debate the bill. He said much of the consultation was done …

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