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senator Janet Rice

The Senate has passed a motion calling for the allocated money not spent on the same-sex marriage postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. After the result was announced, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician said he was confident the survey had come in at least $20m under it’s $122 million budget. …

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Qnews Magazine Marriage Equality community forum

More than 160 LGBTI organisations, leaders and supporters from around the country have signed a statement calling on the federal parliament to recognise the will of the people and ensure marriage equality is passed by the end of the year. Debate is continuing in the Senate this week around Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage …

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The country’s peak legal body, the Law Council of Australia, has criticised the same-sex marriage bill proposed by Liberal Senator James Paterson as an “extraordinary and perilous” weakening of Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. On Monday, Senator Paterson unveiled a bill to legalise same-sex marriages but also allow a range of service providers to discriminate against same-sex …

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A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage legislation and warned a “shameful” new rival bill would “legalise homophobia”. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. “Since the beginning of this survey, …

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Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Paterson’s draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a “genuine” religious or “conscientious belief” against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The …

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The announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey is now just days away. At 9am Queensland time on Wednesday morning (November 15), the Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the result. Free-to-air channels ABC News and SBS have confirmed they’ll broadcast the outcome live that morning. Regardless of the result, “yes” campaigners …

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Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage is “not an acceptable decision-making method”, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has said. In a report, the committee recommended Australia urgently legislate for same-sex marriage regardless of what result is announced next week. “The Committee is concerned about the explicit ban on same-sex marriage in the Marriage Act …

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Comedian Joel Creasey doesn’t think 27 years old is too young to be writing a memoir. In new book Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore, Joel offers up everything from celebrity anecdotes to stories about growing up gay in Perth to travelling the country on the stand-up circuit aged just 15. Joel says he’s been …

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Senator Dean Smith

Liberal senator Dean Smith has said he will move his marriage equality bill “as soon as practically possible after a yes vote is known,” as conservatives continue efforts to delay the passage of legislation. The bill, developed by Smith (pictured) out of a cross-party inquiry and backed by other Coalition MPs, includes provisions allowing civil …

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Brisbane’s LGBTI Legal Service say they’ve collected over 220 examples of hate speech from throughout the same-sex marriage postal survey. The service’s “Like Love” project is aimed at “addressing unlawful vilification” in Queensland and they’ve monitored social media, news websites and public spaces to track public statements that incite ridicule or hatred on the grounds …

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