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covid karen covidiots

Australia recently celebrated the rise of our own COVID Karens. Pandemic culture employs ‘Karen’ as shorthand for covidiots — the attention seekers who deny science and disrupt our fight against the virus. Karen memes focus on women, but a glance over the history of the pandemic thus far shows the COVID Karens who wreak the …

the religious freedom bill

Scott Morrison this week postponed consideration of the Religious Freedom Bill. However, Rodney Croome, spokesperson for just.equal, says the threat to LGBTIQ Australians from discrimination masquerading as ‘religious freedom’ remains. The campaign against the Religious Discrimination Bill is working, but we must keep up the pressure if we are to see it scrapped. Last week …

coronavirus tracking app

As the Australian government develops a coronavirus tracking app, many Australians question whether to trust the government with so much personal data. Those Australians even include former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday that the government would launch the app in coming weeks. He assured Australians downloading the app …

australian gay law reform

On 18 October 1973, the Australian House of Representatives passed a motion calling for the repeal of anti-gay laws. That motion was the first significant vote on Australian gay law reform in the country’s history. The vote served no immediate practical purpose because such laws were generally a state responsibility. However, it paved the way …

alan joyce qantas

Prominent LGBTIQ Australians joined a campaign pressuring Qantas to stop forced deportations of asylum seekers from Australia. The Department of Home Affairs uses Qantas to transport asylum seekers between detention centres and additionally for involuntary deportations. But refugee advocates say the Australian system for assessing asylum claims for asylum doesn’t meet international standards. Also, Qantas …

HIV AIDS red ribbon

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has said the federal government’s allocation of $45 million in Tuesday’s budget to prevent, diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses will greatly aid efforts to fight HIV. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) said the funding over four years will foster nationally consistent HIV prevention …

HIV transmission prep tablet pill truvada

HIV/AIDS advocates have welcomed the inclusion of $180 million in last night’s federal budget to fund the HIV prevention medication PrEP. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other …

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 …