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Annastacia Palaszczuk romps in: what that means for LGBTIQ+

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joel wilkinson gold coast suns

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. …

election of Joe Biden lgbtiq vision

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 …

lgbtiq human rights

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 …

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 …

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