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Sydney councillors make big move in support of Drag Storytime

City of Sydney councillors will urge their colleagues statewide to back Drag Storytime events after a number were cancelled due to right-wing threats and abuse earlier this year. Sylvie Ellsmore is Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. On Monday, her council unanimously passed a motion she put forward in support of the events …

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Labor national conference votes to end gay blood ban

Delegates at the Labor National Conference in Brisbane today voted to end the gay blood ban and adopt individual risk assessment for all blood donors. The vote follows the Queensland State Labor Conference backing the removal of the gay blood ban in June this year. Tasmanian delegate, Benjamin Dudman moved today’s successful motion. He thanked …

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Jonathan Sri to run for Brisbane Lord Mayor at next election

Former Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri will run for Lord Mayor of Brisbane at next year’s council election. In 2016, Jonathan Sriranganathan was Queensland’s first ever elected Greens city councillor. He won the Gabba Ward in Brisbane City Council, Australia’s largest local government. Now next year Jono will face off against LNP Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner …

Newscastle parent April Long is suing the Australian Bureau of Statistics for excluding their family from the Census

ABS sorry to queer Australians hurt by exclusion from Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has issued a “statement of regret” acknowledging hurt to members of the LGBTIQ+ community left “invisible” in the 2021 Census, in a settlement of a human rights complaint. The ABS conducts the Census, surveying every household, in Australia every five years. But there are no Census questions about sexuality …

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and Mark Latham

‘Buy a mirror’: Pauline Hanson dumps Mark Latham in messy feud

Mark Latham has fired back after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson removed him as leader of the NSW division of the party in a messy spat between the two conservative MPs. Pauline Hanson has officially used her national powers to disband the party’s NSW leadership team, which Mark Latham previously led. She wrote in a …

NSW MPs Mark Latham and Alex Greenwich

Mark Latham claims his tweet ‘enhanced’ Alex Greenwich’s reputation

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham has argued his graphic, homophobic tweet about Alex Greenwich “enhanced”, rather than harmed, the gay Sydney MP’s reputation. Alex Greenwich sued Mark Latham for defamation over the gratuitous March 22 tweet targeting the gay politician and describing explicit sex acts. Latham is arguing the tweet was in response to …

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Misinformation bill: truth a ‘threat to religious freedom’

The Australian political and religious far-right are girding their loins for another fight, this time against Labor’s plan to toughen self-regulation of misinformation by social media platforms. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requested reserve powers to introduce codes of conduct to prevent misinformation and disinformation on social media in 2021. The authority suggested …

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One Nation bid for transgender youth health Senate inquiry fails

One Nation party leader Senator Pauline Hanson has failed to establish a Senate inquiry into gender affirming healthcare for transgender young people after moderate Liberals joined forces with some of the crossbench senators and Labor and the Greens to defeat the proposal. Liberal senators Simon Birmingham, Jane Hume, Dean Smith, Andrew Bragg and Maria Kovocic …

Australian Christian Lobby political director talks book bans

Australian Christian Lobby launches book-banning competition

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged followers to visit libraries and send photos of “harmful” children’s books to ban for their chance to receive a prize. The right-wing religious lobby group’s political director Wendy Francis (pictured above) made the appeal in a recent video message. “Your mission, if you choose to accept it is to …

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‘Say yes again’: LGBTQIA+ orgs weigh in on Voice referendum

Almost six years ago, Australians voted in favour of marriage equality in the national postal survey. Now almost two dozen Australian LGBTQIA+ groups have thrown their weight behind the upcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of First Nations people. The national vote, proposing constitutional recognition and an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, will occur between October and …

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