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Outing Rebel: Sydney Morning Herald parties like it’s 1978

Outing Rebel Wilson or any other celebrity is just plain wrong whatever spin journalists try to put on it. On February 24, 2016, the Sydney Morning Herald published a public apology for outing 53 people in a June 27, 1978 article, and another 104 subsequently. But now in 2022, the paper claims it’s ok to …

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Time for new approach to failed war on drugs?

In response to an epidemic of drug overdoses, Canada’s drug regulator recently approved a new approach to the failed war on drugs. Queensland-based alcohol and drug service provider QuIHN called for Australian authorities to consider similar reforms. History records that humans used mind-altering substances since pre-historic times. The ancient Sumerians began getting their kicks from …

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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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Prime Minister Scott Morrison: from friendly fire to backfires

Prime Minister Scott Morrison commenced his election campaign amidst a barrage of friendly fire from his own side. Now he has to worry about his own plans backfiring as a new poll reveals his support of anti-trans candidate Katherine Deves may cost him seats. A poll conducted by the RedBridge group for Equality Australia finds …

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Federal Labor policy will purge LGBTQ+ teachers

Federal Labor policy going into the May federal election will allow the purging of LGBTQ+ teachers from faith schools. Brian Greig is a spokesperson for Just-Equal Australia and former Federal senator. In the recent debate on the Religious Discrimination Bill, Labor voted with the Coalition to oppose protections for teachers. In a subsequent statement from …

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Lessons from apology to Joel Wilkinson for blackface incident

Miles Heffernan says the recent apology from the AFL and Gold Coast Suns to former player Joel Wilkinson illustrates that racial discrimination remains a workplace issue.  Wilkinson previously filed a complaint in the Human Rights Commission over racism. His complaint arose from a 2013 Wacky Wednesday event when two of Wilkinson’s teammates dressed in blackface. …

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Biden’s LGBTIQ vision puts Australia’s major parties to shame

Joe Biden has a bold agenda for LGBTIQ equality. The new American president’s LGBTIQ vision highlights discrimination in the Coalition’s policies as well as Labor’s lack of commitment. In 2020 most Australians viewed the US with a mix of horror and pity. In 2021, LGBTIQ Australians and our allies will view it with envy. The …

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Rodney Croome and Brian Greig: LGBTIQ Human Rights in 2021

Rodney Croome and Brian Greig predict LGBTIQ rights battles will heat up in 2021, with big challenges and opportunities ahead. They say it’s time to get more allies on board and focus on local campaigning. Rodney Croome and Brian Greig are long-time Australian LGBTIQ human rights advocates. Both are recipients of the Order of Australia …

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Lessons from the Rainbow Isle: Rodney Croome on advocacy

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 …

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Annastacia Palaszczuk romps in: what that means for LGBTIQ+

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 …

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