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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Historic passage of conversion bill in ACT a pathway to inclusion and healing

August 27 2020 This afternoon the ACT Government has today passed its Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill.  “While no law can fix a complex social problem on its own, this law is an important step along the way to ending the harm caused by these damaging practices.” said Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown.  […]

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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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