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PM Scott Morrison clarifies he doesn’t believe ‘gay people go to hell’

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, …

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Europe calls for Brunei ‘asset freezes and visa bans’ over anti-gay laws

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 …

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Victorian Liberal candidate Gladys Liu under fire for LGBTIQ comments

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 …

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Protections For LGBT Students At Religious Schools Delayed Until Next Year

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 …

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Labor Calls For Anti-Discrimination Protections For Gay Teachers

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 …

Advocates Welcome HIV Funding Commitment From Federal Labor

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 …

Turnbull, Abbott, Shorten Agree ‘It’s Time’ For Marriage Equality

It’s time! Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament yesterday the legalisation of same-sex marriage was a “momentous social reform” as debate began in the lower house on a private bill passed by the Senate last week. “It’s time for us to get on with it,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Australian people have said yes to …

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Shorten, Not Turnbull, Holds Key To Marriage Equality Plebiscite

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is playing his cards close to his chest with the Marriage Equality Plebiscite But as far as the proposed legislation to enable a same-sex marriage plebiscite is concerned, he holds all the aces. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who went to the polls promising a public vote on the issue before the …

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“AT LEAST I’M NOT A HOMOPHOBE”: WATCH BILL SHORTEN BLAST CORY BERNARDI

Deputy Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called Cory Bernardi “a homophobe” during a press conference at Parliament House this morning. Bill was in the middle of slamming Coalition members’ opposition to the anti-bullying Safe Schools program when the program’s chief critic, Senator Bernardi, passed by. “We see this ridiculous, absurd obsession by the right wing of the Liberal Party about …