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Prime minister Scott Morrison religious discrimination religious freedom laws

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has condemned the introduction of harsh new laws in Brunei targeting LGBTIQ people and other minorities. The laws were enacted in the southeast Asian nation last week imposing penalties as harsh as death by stoning for gay sex, extramarital sex and abortion and have been met with intense condemnation from across …

Australian Electoral Commission ballot box voting election

National LGBTIQ lobby group just.equal has revealed some of the community issues it will ask main parties to commit to as Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms the upcoming federal election will be held on May 18. Morrison visited Government House on Thursday morning to ask Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to trigger the election, which will …

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New research has found the same-sex marriage postal survey led to increased depression, anxiety and stress among LGBTIQ Australians, leading advocates to call for political parties to rule out holding public votes on LGBTIQ rights. The University of Sydney study, published in the Australian Psychological Society’s journal Australian Psychologist, assessed the mental health of 1305 …

Anti-transgender stickers spotted in Tasmania have been slammed as a “hateful” response to a debate in the state around changes to birth certificates to benefit trans people. The stickers, shaped like penises and carrying the phrase “Women don’t have penises,” originated in the UK but have come to Australia, spotted by LGBTIQ advocates in Hobart. …

Rodney Croome on Tasmania lgbtiq equality memorial bench

A permanent public memorial to celebrate Tasmania’s LGBTIQ equality movement and those who contributed to it has been unveiled outside the state’s parliament. Tasmanian Lower House Speaker Sue Hickey on Saturday unveiled a new public bench on the lawns of the parliament that has a plaque dedicated to Tasmania’s progress towards LGBTIQ equality. The new …

Greens leader Richard Di Natale

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has announced plans to introduce a bill to scrap federal laws currently allowing religious schools to discriminate against gay students and teachers. Leaked portions of the religious freedom review panel’s report, published by Fairfax Media, caused outrage on Wednesday for reportedly recommending changes to the federal Sex Discrimination Act explicitly …

red cross blood donation gay ban

Experts have called for an easing of Australia’s blood donation policy, which effectively bans gay men from donating blood. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 months. But experts from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) say scientific advancements mean …

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 …

Prime minister Scott Morrison religious discrimination religious freedom laws

LGBTIQ advocates have said they will lobby the Senate to block any move by the federal government to weaken existing anti-discrimination protections under the guise of “religious freedom”. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated his support for introducing laws to “protect religious freedom” in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Morrison said a …

Scott Morrison transgender youth gender whisperers

LGBTIQ rights advocates urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to meet with transgender and gender diverse Australians after he wrote a harmful tweet condemning ‘gender whisperers’ and their support for transgender youth. Earlier, Scott Morrison responded to a news story by the Daily Telegraph which claimed teachers received training as gender whisperers “to spot potential transgender …

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