Renewed call for LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just Equal Australia this week renewed its call for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner following the tabling of Government legislation establishing an Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

Spokesperson Brian Greig said Just Equal welcomed the establishment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

“However, the Government’s initiative highlights the lack of an equivalent Commissioner for the LGBTIQA+ community.

“The Human Rights Commission has commissioners for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, young people, older people, racial minorities and people with disability.

“The glaring omission of an LGBTIQA+ Commissioner sends the message that our rights are less important.

“This stigmatising message has been underlined by the establishment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner.”

LGBTIQA+ human rights under siege

“At a time when LGBTIQA+ human rights are increasingly under siege the appointment of a stand-alone Commissioner is urgent.”

In 2016 then shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, promised to appoint an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. However, Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, dropped the policy before the last federal election. In 2022, Labor voted down a move by the Greens and independents to establish such a Commissioner.

Brian Greig said the Government committed to appointing a stand-alone Religious Discrimination Commissioner but not an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. However, the 2018 Ruddock religious freedom review recommended against a Religious Discrimination Commissioner.

“The Government’s priorities are inconsistent and deeply skewed when it wants to appoint a Religious Discrimination Commissioner, despite such a position having been found unnecessary and refuses to appoint an LGBTIQA+ Commissioner when such a position is long overdue.”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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