ABS admits new recommendations required to count LGBTIQ+ people properly in Census

28 September 2022 – The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released an analysis confirming that the approach taken to questions relating to sex in the 2021 Census requires re-evaluation and says it will deliver new recommendations to the government for the 2026 Census. National LGBTIQ+ group Equality Australia says the ABS admission proves that […]

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Equality Australia, rainbow family allege unlawful discrimination by former Minister, ABS in 2021 Census.

16 September 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group Equality Australia and April Long (they/them), have today lodged a formal complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission alleging that the Assistant Treasurer (at the time, a position held by Minister Michael Sukkar) and the ABS unlawfully discriminated against April, their family and other LGBTIQ+ people by failing […]

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LGBTIQ+ groups welcome landmark discrimination report

LGBTIQ+ groups welcome landmark discrimination report, call on Queensland Government to urgently remove “don’t ask, don’t tell” provisions  1 September 2022 – National and Queensland LGBTIQ+ groups have today welcomed a landmark Queensland Human Rights Commission report into the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, and called on the Queensland Government to implement all its recommendations so that every […]

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LGBTIQA+ groups welcome WA anti-discrimination commitment

“A roadmap to gold-standard protections”: LGBTIQA+ groups welcome anti-discrimination commitment  16 August 2022 – National and Western Australian LGBTIQA+ groups have today welcomed the announcement by Western Australian Attorney General, John Quigley, that the government will amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act, including to better protect LGBTIQA+ students and staff in religious schools.   The commitment […]

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Media Release: ‘Chance to lead the nation’

Media Release: ‘Chance to lead the nation’ – LGBTIQ+ groups welcome proposed NT discrimination reforms, urge improvements 18 July 2022 – National and Northern Territory LGBTIQ+ groups, Equality Australia and Rainbow Territory, have today welcomed the release of an exposure draft bill seeking to prohibit religious schools from discriminating against LGBTQ+ staff and improving discrimination […]

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“This needs to stop”: Equality Australia calls for urgent laws to protect LGBTQ+ students

12 July 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has responded to new reports of discriminatory ‘enrolment contracts’ in religious schools, calling on the newly elected Albanese Government to urgently fulfill its promise to protect LGBTQ+ students and staff in religious schools.   “When a student walks through the school gate, they should feel supported to […]

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Media Release: “Count us in” in 2026

“Count us in”: Equality Australia calls on Federal Government to count LGBTIQ+ communities in 2026 28 June 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ organisation Equality Australia has today called on the newly elected Albanese Government to join New Zealand, Canada and the UK in taking steps to count LGBTIQ+ people in the census, saying today’s release of census […]

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Equality Australia warns rugby league of human rights risk

Media Release: Australian human rights group warns rugby league that blanket trans-exclusionary sports bans risk human rights violations  21 June 2022 – Human rights organisation, Equality Australia has today warned International Rugby League and other sport governing bodies considering blanket bans on women who are trans competing against other women that they risk violating fundamental […]

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FINA must place harmful, trans-exclusionary policy under review

20 June 2022 – Australian LGBTIQ+ equality and inclusion groups have today called on international swimming body FINA to place its new trans-exclusionary policy under review, urging Australian sporting bodies to proceed carefully as the new policy sets a harmful precedent, potentially violating human rights principles. The groups say the FINA policy effectively applies a […]

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Avoid mistakes of past if legislating religious protections, prioritise protections for LGBTQ+ students

8 June 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has today responded to Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus’ statement that the government will introduce religious discrimination legislation thisterm of Parliament, urging the government to avoid the mistakes of its predecessor, and to prioritise the protection of LGBTQ+ people in religious organisations. “Our laws should protect all of […]

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