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Green senator Janet Rice

Greens slam renewal of $245 million school chaplain program in federal budget

The Greens have slammed the federal government’s renewal of funding for the national school chaplaincy program, saying LGBTIQ students would be better supported by secular counsellors. In Tuesday night’s Budget, the federal government announced that the program would be continue to be funded $245.7 million over the next four years. “$245.7 million for religious chaplains …

Greens senator Janet Rice

Greens call to scrap school chaplain program in LGBTIQ election pledge

The Australian Greens have announced a suite of LGBTIQ policies in the lead-up to the federal election, which will be held before the end of May. The policy platform, unveiled on Friday by the party’s LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice and Victorian Greens candidate Adam Pulford, cover discrimination, health, homelessness, and conversion therapy. Rice said …

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Student anti-discrimination bill could pass Senate this week, Greens say

Greens senator Janet Rice has said that Labor’s anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBTIQ students could pass the Senate when parliament resumes this week. Rice told a rally organised by Equality Australia in Melbourne on Saturday she believes support from the crossbench could allow Labor’s bill, introduced by Senator Penny Wong, to pass its first hurdle. …

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Federal Government Defends Its Refusal To Release Religious Freedom Report

The federal government has defended its refusal to release the religious freedom review’s long-awaited report, claiming it should remain confidential while the federal cabinet is examining its findings. The religious freedom review, headed by Philip Ruddock, was announced last year to placate conservatives following the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in December. The review panel …

Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles

ACL director defends ‘gay conversion’ therapy

The Australian Christian Lobby’s Martyn Iles describes a ban on so-called ‘gay conversion’ therapy as ‘totalitarian’. Indeed, the ACL director says parents should be able to ‘counsel’ children out of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “[‘LGBTI conversion therapy’] is an Orwellian phrase. It evokes images of electric shock treatments, bizarre rituals, and abuse.” Iles …

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Greens condemn ‘appalling’ LGBTI abuse in Indonesia

Greens senator Janet Rice has written to the Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, calling for action against Indonesia for the discrimination of its LGBTI community. Last weekend, police in the Indonesian province of Aceh conducted raids on beauty salons and detained a number of transgender women, forcibly cutting their hair and making them wear male …

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Greens Want Postal Survey Savings Spent On LGBTI Mental Health

The Senate has passed a motion calling for the allocated money not spent on the same-sex marriage postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. After the result was announced, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician said he was confident the survey had come in at least $20m under it’s $122 million budget. …