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National LGBTIQA+ Health Action Plan

Rodney Croome writes about rescuing the consultation process for the government’s national LGBTIQA+ health action plan. During WorldPride, the federal government announced a 10-Year National Action Plan for the Health and Wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ people. The government also promised a national consultation process to inform their LGBTIQA+ health action plan. The first of nineteen community …

$5 Note

Who do you want to replace the Queen on the $5 note?

The death of Elizabeth II creates a vacancy on Australia’s lowest denomination note. But who would you like to replace her? Chuck III is not necessarily the default option. The $5 note first appeared in 1967 following the introduction of decimal currency. Back in those days, Australia also has $1 and $2 notes and you …

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Wrong Trent Zimmerman! Australian republic now guaranteed

Trent Zimmerman, one of the Liberals of late unceremoniously evicted from parliamentary office, writes on The Guardian today that he’s pessimistic about Australia’s chances of achieving a republic. As members of the former government so often were, he is wrong. Two words: Eric Abetz. Ah yes. I’m put in mind of that colourful Aussie expression: …

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Will Mr Woke Morning Teas learn the truth at seventeen?

Mr 17%. What an achievement! The Defence Department yesterday lifted Peter Dutton’s ban on inclusive staff events the day after his plunge to 17% in the preferred Prime Minister stakes. It appears the electorate is now awake to Mr Woke Morning Teas. (Apologies to the amazing Janis Ian for appropriating her song title. Video at …

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Money! Senator Chandler’s anti-trans fundraising

Money Money Money. Despite failing to find support for her ‘Save Women’s Sport’ legislation and the spectacular own goal of the Katherine Deves debacle, Liberal Senator Claire Chandler continues a campaign of anti-trans fundraising. Earlier this year, Senator Chandler proposed a private member’s bill allowing sports clubs to exclude transgender women from single-sex sports. Then, …

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School chaplaincy program to allow professional counsellors

Federal Education Minister Jason Clare yesterday announced changes to the school chaplaincy program. Labor will allow schools to hire qualified professional counsellors under the scheme. Previously, funding depended on the recruitment of chaplains with an affiliation to a recognised religion.  Introduced by the Howard government, the school chaplaincy program costs the federal budget $60 million …

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Stephen Bates welcomed as Greens LGBTIQA+ spokesperson

Just.Equal Australia today welcomed the Greens’ new LGBTIQA+ spokesperson, Stephen Bates. Just.Equal spokesperson Rodney Croome also paid tribute to outgoing spokesperson, Janet Rice. The group called on Labor to follow the Greens’ lead and reinstate an LGBTIQA+ equality portfolio. Rodney Croome said Just.Equal looked forward to speaking with the recently-elected member for Brisbane. “We look …

LGBTIQA+ vote

Both major parties ignored the LGBTIQA+ vote. It cost them dearly!

Bill Rutkin looks at the changing pattern of the LGBTIQA+ vote in the 2022 federal election. He believes the major parties must learn lessons they assiduously avoided over the course of the last government. Both major political parties and all the analysts steadfastly refuse to see the woods for Australia’s brightly coloured, autumnal trees. Last …

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Yes Minister. Allegations of rent boys in Parliament House

Friendlyjordies today published a redacted report of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual behaviour in Parliament House. The report includes unproven allegations that a current state MP procured rentboys to visit a former senior federal minister in Parliament House. The investigation arose out of the controversy over a former LNP staffer wanking over the …

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Bye Gladys! The mighty falling: sordid Aussie political affairs

As we say Bye Gladys, we look back at other sordid Aussie political affairs. There’s plenty to remember in a country with the unique distinction of losing an adulterous PM in the surf while his mistress minded his drink on the beach. If there’s one thing that inspires bipartisanship in politics, it’s adultery. Gladys Berejiklian’s …

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