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prime minister scott morrison gay people religion

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been forced to clarify that he doesn’t believe gay people are “going to hell” after he came under fire by Labor leader Bill Shorten for evading the question on Monday. Initially asked about his opposition to same-sex marriage, Morrison would not clarify whether his personal view had shifted but said, …

European-Parliament asset freeze brunei

The European Parliament has backed calls for asset freezes and visa bans over Brunei’s new “death to gays” penal code. The parliament passed a resolution on Thursday (April 18) condemning the southeast Asian nation’s recently introduced Penal Code, which imposes penalties as harsh as death by stoning for gay sex, extramarital sex and abortion and …

victorian liberal candidate gladys liu

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended Victorian Liberal candidate Gladys Liu after comments she made in 2016 disparaging LGBTIQ issues resurfaced. Liu, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Chisholm in Melbourne’s east, told The Guardian in 2016 that Chinese immigrants believe same-sex marriage “is against normal practice”. “The Chinese people come to Australia because …

Bill Shorten Scott Morrison Composite photo

LGBTIQ advocates have said the Coalition’s proposed amendments to protect LGBT students from discrimination in religious schools could make things worse, as action on the issue is delayed until the new year due to political deadlock. Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed a conscience vote on Wednesday – the second last sitting day of parliament for …

Bill Shorten Scott Morrison Composite photo

Federal Labor has announced it wants planned changes to Australian discrimination laws to go further to prevent religious schools from sacking teachers and staff on the basis of their sexuality, as well as students. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would move to scrap a rarely-used federal exemption allowing religious …

HIV prevention advocates have welcomed a $53 million commitment from federal Labor in a bid to end HIV transmission in Australia. The plan draws from a blueprint released by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations in August, which said an extra investment of $32.5 million a year would deliver $82 million worth of savings to …

government plebiscite marriage equality

Sources claim Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will ask Labor MPs to block the Government plebiscite on marriage equality. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday introduced the bill to parliament. If passed, it would establish the non-binding public vote for February 11 next year. The plebiscite will see voters asked: “Should the law be changed to …

Senator Dean Smith gay liberal senator marriage plebiscite

The first openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith states that he won’t vote for the marriage plebiscite. Additionally, Mr Smith described the idea of a plebiscite to Fairfax Media as ‘abhorrent’. The gay Liberal senator also said he would cross the floor or abstain from voting for the legislation enabling the public vote. “As a lifelong …