Victorians warmly welcome recommendations to protect against hate-based conduct and vilification

March 3 2021  A diverse group of multicultural, faith-based, LGBTIQ+ and other community organisations have joined together to welcome the recommendations of the Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections, tabled earlier today in the Victorian Parliament, but have also warned the Victorian Government that the role of enforcement cannot be left to the victims of hate alone. […]

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“Life-saving” conversion practices law passes Victorian Parliament with unprecedented support

February 4 2021  LGBTQ+ advocates and survivors of LGBTQ+ conversion practices have today welcomed the passage of the Victorian Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020.  The Victorian Government Bill, which criminalises LGBTQ+ conversion practices that cause injury and opens up pathways for education, investigation and healing for conversion survivors, passed with 27 to […]

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UN praises Australia on marriage equality, tells government to lift its game on trans and intersex human rights

January 21 2021  Australia has been praised at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva overnight for delivering on marriage equality, while several UN states have urged Australian Governments to do more on LGBTIQ+ human rights, especially for trans and intersex Australians. As part of a UN review of its overall human rights record conducted every […]

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New research shows overwhelming support among Australians on trans equality

January 18 2021  Equality Australia has released groundbreaking research showing overwhelming support among Australians for transgender Australians, including access to supportive schools and gender affirming healthcare. A YouGov poll commissioned by Equality Australia in July 2020, with a representative sample of 1,026 Australians aged 18 years and over, found:  78% of Australians agree that trans people deserve the same rights and protections as other Australians (57% strongly agreeing).    66% of Australians agree […]

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Multicultural voices in support of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020

Various multi-faith, multicultural LGBTQ+ and allied voices have written an open letter in support of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 currently before the Victorian Parliament.

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‘Gay panic’ defence to murder abolished Australia-wide

2 December 2020 Yesterday, the South Australia Parliament passed a Bill outlawing the so called “gay panic” defence to murder. This marks the end of the defence in every Australian jurisdiction. This long-overdue reform is an important step along the way to ending discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people in our laws. The Bill abolishes the common […]

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Young LGBTIQ+ people among those still at greatest risk of violence at home

1 December 2020 Equality Australia and the Centre for Family Research and Evaluation at Drummond Street Services have released a groundbreaking research report on domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people, There’s no safe place at home. It finds that over 1 in 10 LGBTIQ+ people are at risk of domestic and family violence, with […]

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World-leading LGBTQ+ conversion legislation introduced in Victoria

November 25, 2020 This morning, the Victorian Government introduced a Bill to outlaw LGBTQ+ conversion practices. These harmful and damaging practices that attempt to change or suppress a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation will be prohibited by the Bill.  “This Bill sends a powerful message that LGBTQ+ people are whole and valid just as […]

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89 organisations concerned with One Nation NSW’s Religion Bill

There are concerns about the impact of the Bill on the right to judgement-free, accessible and safe healthcare, and privileging religious beliefs to the detriment of women, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disabilities and people with different beliefs in workplace, education and service settings.

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South Australia last state to abolish the “gay panic’ defence to murder

October 15 2020 The SA Government is today expected to introduce a Bill outlawing the so called “gay panic” defence to murder.  It is expected that the Bill will, among other things, abolish the common law defence of provocation.   The provocation defence has been used to reduce convictions of murder to manslaughter in circumstances […]

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