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Judges Gavel legal law court

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of religious protections at the federal level, but said the “delicate balance” between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination would be better dealt with a National Human Rights Act. The federal government today released the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and its response, where …

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Former Prime Minister John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has said that he’s frustrated with the “maddening” debate around religious freedoms in Australia. Howard told The Australian on Wednesday that the “politics of discrimination” had “become so potent” it was difficult to have a rational discussion about freedom of religion. “Nobody wants to expel gay kids and to my …

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The Western Australian Museum has defended its acquisition of a toilet door featuring one of the state’s historical glory holes, saying it is the museum’s responsibility to represent the entire community. The artifact is a wooden toilet door with a hole cut through it from a train station toilet block south-east of Perth, that was …

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nationals coalition mp Barnaby Joyce

Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been urged to meet with transgender youth and their families after he said same-sex schools should be able to turn away trans students. On Wednesday, the Nationals MP weighed in on the debate around legislation to prevent discrimination against LGBT students, telling Sky News any law change should …

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Bill Shorten Scott Morrison Composite photo

LGBTIQ advocates have said the Coalition’s proposed amendments to protect LGBT students from discrimination in religious schools could make things worse, as action on the issue is delayed until the new year due to political deadlock. Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed a conscience vote on Wednesday – the second last sitting day of parliament for …

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Katter Fear Gender Neutral language

A bill by Queensland MP Rob Katter to “pre-emptively” protect people from persecution for using gendered language would put transgender and gender diverse Queenslanders at risk of discrimination, a parliamentary committee has been told. Rob Katter, who is the son of federal MP Bob Katter, introduced the private member’s bill earlier this year in a …

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Prime minister Scott Morrison religious discrimination religious freedom laws

The Coalition has blocked a vote on Labor’s bill to repeal discrimination exemptions affecting students at religious schools, likely delaying any action on the issue until 2019. There’s cross-party support for the changes to stop students from being discriminated against for being gay at religious schools, but the Government and the Opposition have been deadlocked …

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Kelly O'Dwyer

Federal government minister Kelly O’Dwyer has said her colleagues in the Liberal party are perceived as “homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers” by the general public, according to a report. The Herald Sun newspaper reported that O’Dwyer, who is Industrial Relations Minister, made the comments to colleagues at a “crisis meeting” held on Monday to discuss the state …

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Australia’s newest federal MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has reflected in her first parliamentary speech on becoming an “accidental” LGBTIQ activist after marrying her partner in 1998. Dr Phelps, who won the byelection in the Sydney seat of Wentworth in October, was sworn in to applause on Monday as the federal parliament resumed for the last …

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One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson

Twenty years ago, I sort of had a night on the town with Pauline Hanson, writes Destiny Rogers. The One Nation leader was in Cairns campaigning for the 1998 federal election. She was famous for her attacks on Indigenous Australians, Asian immigrants and the LGBTIQ community. She said of the Sydney’s Mardi Gras, “I don’t …

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