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Rainbow Isle

When it comes to LGBTIQ legal rights, Tasmania is another country. The Rainbow Isle enjoys the most robust LGBTIQ human rights protections in Australia. Indeed, the gulf between Tasmanian laws and those in many other states is astonishing. Even more remarkably, Tasmania arrived at this point after coming from well behind. It was the last …

Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Saturday night won a historic third term for her Labor Government. Labor led the race from the beginning of counting and their lead strengthened during the night. [OPINION] PFLAG+ National Spokesperson Shelley Argent told QNews last week that Annastacia Palaszczuk has done more for LGBTIQ+ rights than any other premier in …

letters to the editor

QNews receives regular correspondence from our readers. However, most letters are not intended for publication. But we know our readers have things to say. So QNews will now publish Letters to the Editor here on the website every Thursday. Write on any subject you like. Our writers do not have time to cover all your …

national representative body lgbtiq communities

Australia’s LGBTIQ communities head into the year 2020 with huge achievements in our immediate past. There are also massive challenges in our immediate future. Is it time for a national representative body for Australia’s LGBTIQ communities? Over the last half-century, our communities achieved decriminalisation of homosexuality, some discrimination protections, and marriage equality. We achieved that …

religious freedom bill miles heffernan

There’s no need to panic (just yet) about the government’s proposed religious “freedom” bill. As it turns out, no one wants it, and it’s bad law. Miles Heffernan is a Brisbane-based Industrial Advocate and expert in employment law. It’s a solution looking for a problem. Indeed, the bill only came about to placate people of …

religious freedom ranking religious discrimination

The draft Religious Discrimination Bill is a result of complaints arising out of the same-sex marriage debate. Some religious groups equate equal rights for LGBTIQ people with an erosion of their own liberty. However, various world religious freedom rankings place Australia in the Top 10 with the most recent evaluation placing us fourth. Sydney’s Catholic …

Christians Enemy

The debate in Australia over religious freedoms would suggest that Christians and LGBTIQ communities are implacable foes. Advocates of religious freedoms legislation portray the issue as a fight to save Christians from persecution by the ‘Rainbow Cult’, a term frequently employed on the Australian Christian Lobby Facebook page. However, the LGBTIQ communities are not enemies …

Simon Dunn

Openly gay athlete Simon Dunn has clapped back at rugby star Israel Folau with a sweet photo of him kissing his partner on the footy field. The Australian-born former bobsledder shared a photo of himself kissing his boyfriend Felix after a rugby match victory. The couple play together on inclusive London team the Kings Cross …