NSW Government throws support behind inquiry into One Nation bill on religious discrimination

The NSW Government has moved a motion establishing an inquiry into a private members bill introduced by One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham MLC. The announcement of a joint select committee to inquire into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 comes after delays to the introduction of the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination […]

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COVID-19 magnifies existing inequality for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia

June 11 2020 Equality Australia’s submission to the COVID-19 Senate Inquiry highlights the ways LGBTIQ+ people in Australia have been left behind in our COVID-19 response. The submission, which reports on the results from a survey of over 2600 LGBTIQ+ people, confirms that COVID-19 and Australia’s response to it have magnified existing inequalities for LGBTIQ+ […]

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IBAC’s investigation into the conduct of Victoria Police Officers at the Hares & Hyenas Bookstore

April 16, 2020 The following statements about the IBAC decision regarding the Victorian Police Officers at the Hares & Hyenas Bookstore in May 2019 can be attributed to Anna Brown, CEO Equality Australia. The following can be attributed to Anna Brown, CEO Equality Australia “The injuries inflicted on Nik Dimopoulos during the Hares & Hyenas […]

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Ian Thorpe at Australian Parliament House

Media Alert  Wednesday February 26  This week business and unions joined organisations as diverse as Uniting Care and the Australian Medical Association in publicly declaring their opposition to the second exposure draft of the Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill.  Media are invited to hear from Australian Olympic legend Ian Thorpe AM, who will discuss his personal concerns about the impact of this Bill […]

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Faith organisations urge government not to implement Religious Discrimination Bill

Update as of Friday 13 March 2020 Uniting Communities, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, St. Mary’s House of Welcome, Relationship Matters, Anglicare South Australia, Mercy Connect, Jesuit Social Services have all additionally signed on to the statement Monday 10 February 2020 Leaders from prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the […]

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New Religious Discrimination Bill will immunise bigotry

This Media Release relates to the Religious Discrimination Bill. Join the campaign to fight the 2nd draft Religious Discrimination Bill here. December 10 2019 On Human Rights Day the Prime Minister and Attorney General have announced the second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill. Comments attributable to Anna Brown, CEO Equality Australia: The revised Religious […]

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Settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau shows that there is no need for new religious discrimination law

December 4, 2019 Today’s settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau is welcomed by Equality Australia.  It draws a line under what has been a divisive and hurtful period for LGBTIQ+ people in rugby, in sport and more generally.    It proves that there is no need for a new law, especially one that would limit the right of employers to have codes of […]

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Prominent faith-based service providers are concerned the Religious Discrimination Bill will overreach its initial intention.

s Media Release relates to the Religious Discrimination Bill. Join the campaign to fight the 2nd draft Religious Discrimination Bill here. November 29 2019 Vincent Care Victoria, Uniting Vic.Tas, and Anglicare, which deliver crucial social services for tens of thousands of Australians are concerned that the Bill will leave room for people to use faith […]

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Concerns about the exclusion of sexuality and gender identity questions in the census trial

Australia’s National Statistician has revealed today in Senate Estimates that 20,000 trial census forms containing questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity will not be used, following intervention from Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar’s office. Anna Brown*, CEO of Equality Australia, said “ We’re disappointed to hear reports that Minister Sukkar’s office has intervened to […]

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Civil society leaders lodge concerns about Religious Discrimination Act

Civil society groups and advocates representing women, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disability, people of colour, and workers are lodging submissions to express concerns about the proposed Religious Discrimination Act. “This Bill privileges religious belief over other human rights – that’s fundamentally unfair. It’s important that people of faith are protected from discrimination but giving new […]

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