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New Australian petition launched as Brunei defends its new anti-gay laws

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Janet Rice and Scott Morrison

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 …

Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

Four out of five Australians oppose laws that allow gay, lesbian and transgender students and teachers to be expelled or fired by religious schools, according to a new poll. The YouGov Galaxy poll, commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group Just.equal, found that 82% opposed existing exemptions in anti-discrimination law that allow the expulsion of gay and …

LGBTIQ advocate Rodney Croome has called on new Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to actively “heal the wounds” of historical LGBTIQ prejudice in rural and regional Australia. On Monday morning, McCormack (pictured, right) replaced Barnaby Joyce as the new leader of the Nationals party. In 1993, McCormack wrote a homophobic newspaper editorial calling gay people …

religious exemptions

LGBTIQ advocates slammed federal Labor for supporting religious exemptions allowing the sacking of LGBTIQ teachers from religious schools on the basis of their sexuality. Religious schools are currently exempt from federal anti-discrimination law in relation to employment and provision of education in accordance with their beliefs. Similar exemptions also exist in most states and territories’ …

religious freedom review

Philip Ruddock said he planned to publish public submissions to the religious freedom review online. He will also extend the deadline to submit them. The former Howard Government minister is heading an expert panel to review “whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.” Te review follows the passage of same-sex marriage …

Phillip Ruddock

Public submissions to the federal government’s religious freedom review will reportedly not be published, prompting concern from LGBTI advocates. The review was announced in November and is being chaired by former federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock (pictured). Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s department told Fairfax Media that submissions to the review won’t be published, in contrast to …

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