A momentous day: Equality Australia and Independent Education Union welcome Victorian discrimination reform.

3 December 2021 – Equality Australia and the Independent Education Union Vic/Tas have today welcomed the passage of new laws that better protect LGBTQ+ Victorians and others from discrimination in faith-based organisations and schools.   The Andrews’ Government’s Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 overwhelmingly passed the upper house with the support of the Greens and key crossbenchers, the Reason Party’s Fiona Patten, the Derryn Hinch Justice Party’s Tania Maxwell and Stuart Grimley, the Transport Party’s […]

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‘We’re being locked out’: Morrison Government urged to extend timeline of inquiry into Religious Discrimination Bill

30 November 2021 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has criticised the Morrison Government’s timeline for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into the Religious Discrimination Bill, calling on the Government to extend the timeline so the committee canproperly consider the impact of the proposed laws on vulnerable groups. In her letter referring […]

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Community groups call for more time for ‘unintended consequences’ of Religious Discrimination Bill to be considered.

29 November, 2021 – A coalition of groups has today called on the Morrison Government to guarantee the Religious Discrimination Bill will not be brought to a vote until the joint parliamentary committee inquiry has had sufficient time to hold public hearings considering its impacts on vulnerable communities. The group, including representatives of faith, multicultural, […]

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Religious Discrimination Bill must go to joint parliamentary inquiry before vote

25 November 2021 – LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia has responded to Prime Minister’s speech introducing the Religious Discrimination Bill to parliament and called for a joint parliamentary inquiry before the bill is brought to a vote. “The Prime Minister is right to say that people of faith should be protected from discrimination and the process […]

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National LGBTIQ+ group calls on Parliament to oppose Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill.

23 November, 2021 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has called on Parliament to unite to oppose the third version of the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill, released this afternoon.  “Our laws should protect all of us, equally, no matter who we are, whom we love, or what we believe. But the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill would instead be a step backwards, […]

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Thorpey fronts campaign opposing the Religious Discrimination Bill as 250 organisations sign open letter

November 23, 2021 – Olympian Ian Thorpe has today teamed up with LGBTIQ+ organisation, Equality Australia, to launch a campaign urging the Australian Parliament to oppose a Religious Discrimination Bill that fails to protect everyone in the Australian community equally. “The Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is back on the agenda. It’s a piece of […]

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Intersex advocates welcome Human Rights Commission report

18 October 2021 – Intersex Human Rights Australia and Equality Australia have today welcomed the findings of a landmark report on the human rights of intersex people, launching a new campaign for laws to end medically unnecessary procedures that modify the sex characteristicsof intersex people without their consent. The report released today by the Australian […]

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One Nation NSW orchestrates a sham process and an attack on trans and gender diverse youth

6th September 2021 – Equality Australia has today called on the NSW state government and opposition to categorically reject the report of the Parliamentary Education Committee into One Nation’s proposed amendment to education legislation, saying many of the proposals are likely unlawful, and a direct attack on the safety of trans and gender diverse young people in schools.   The report – opposed by committee members Anthony D’Adam (Labor) and David Shoebridge (Greens) – […]

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Community groups welcome Victorian Government’s commitment to strengthening anti-hate protections

2nd September 2021 – Victorian Aboriginal, multicultural and multifaith groups, human rights, women’s and LGBTIQ+ rights organisations have come together to welcome today’s commitment by the Victorian Government to strengthen the state’s anti-hate protections. “As organisations representing the wonderfully diverse people of Victoria, we welcome the Victorian Government’s response to the multi-partisan consensus recommendations of […]

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Abandon flawed Religious Discrimination Bill and bring laws into 21st Century

10th August 2021 – Following reports of widespread discrimination in Christian schools in today’s Nine Papers, Equality Australia has called on the Federal Government to abandon its flawed Religious Discrimination Bill, and instead wind back exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation that allow for faith-based organisations to lawfully discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer […]

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