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Senator Janet Rice farewells the Senate

Greens LGBTQIA+ rights warrior Janet Rice farewells Senate

Outgoing Greens Senator Janet Rice will give her final speech in the Senate on Tuesday evening ahead of her retirement next month. Senator Rice, who is from Victoria and was first elected in 2013, announced her plans to step down last September. She’ll deliver her valedictory speech in the Senate tonight (March 26). “A decade …

Eric Abetz tassie

Oh Tassie! Van Diemen’s Land elects Eric Abetz

Oh, Tassie! Dear me, should we start calling you Van Diemen’s Land again? Electing Eric Abetz to state parliament is a step back in time. What happened to your famous reluctance to conserve old growth? Yes readers. You heard it right. The Van Diemenians have elected the notorious Eric Abetz to their state parliament. And, …

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus against a church or religious school

Scrap laws allowing faith schools to discriminate, AG told

Blanket legal exemptions that allow religious schools to discriminate against staff and students based on sexuality and gender identity should be scrapped, a major inquiry has told the federal government. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s long-awaited report on the issue is finally out this week. The report recommends finally scrapping laws which currently and inexplicably …

Greens MP Stephen Bates in federal parliament

‘Trojan horse’: Greens’ warning on rebooted religion bill

A long-awaited religious discrimination report will finally hit parliament this week but the Greens are worried the debate will get ugly as the Albanese government prepares to unveil Labor’s own Religious Discrimination Bill. The federal government will table the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of anti-discrimination laws and religious exemptions for faith schools on Thursday. …

foreign minister Penny Wong and Sophie Allouache wedding

Foreign Minister Penny Wong marries Sophie Allouache

Foreign Minister Penny Wong married long-term partner Sophie Allouache in Adelaide last night in a ceremony attended by friends and family including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Penny Wong and Sophie Allouache met almost twenty years ago and share two daughters. Although they had not previously acknowledged their engagement, media reports in December indicated the pair …

NSW Government introduces bill to ban conversion practices

The NSW government has introduced a bill to ban conversion practices in the state. What Will the Bill Do? If passed, the NSW government bill will criminalise conversion practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and cause serious mental or physical harm. It will also provide redress to …

Labor Senator Louise Pratt against a rainbow flag

‘A fighter for equality’: Senator Louise Pratt to retire

Out Labor senator Louise Pratt has announced her retirement plans from federal politics, and reflected on her years of fighting for the LGBTQIA+ community. The West Australian says she will depart the Senate when her term expires in mid-2025. Louise announced her decision alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday. She explained the Perth-to-Canberra flights …

Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Bye bye: Ex-PM Scott Morrison is quitting politics

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison will quit politics in February after more than 16 years in the federal parliament. Australia’s 30th Prime Minister confirmed on Tuesday he will “leave parliament at the end of February”. Scott Morrison, a Pentecostal Christian, led the Coalition to a surprise election win in 2019 followed by a walloping defeat …

Penny Wong is set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache

Senator Penny Wong is marrying her partner Sophie

Foreign Minister Penny Wong is reportedly set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache after many years together. The Labor Senator, who’s from South Australia, met Sophie almost two decades ago in 2006. The couple are the proud mums of two daughters. News.com.au has confirmed Penny and Sophie are now planning to marry. Penny’s team wouldn’t …

Bron is a survivor of harmful conversion practices in Tasmania

Survivors slam ‘useless’ Tas bill to ban conversion practices

Survivors of dangerous gay conversion practices say a draft bill to ban the practices in Tasmania contains too many loopholes, and won’t stop the practices from occurring. Discredited and harmful so-called “conversion” practices aim to change, suppress or eradicate a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Tasmanian government released a draft bill to ban …

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