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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Rachel Colvin files discrimination complaint against Ballarat Christian College

CASE SUMMARY Equality Australia is supporting a ground-breaking discrimination complaint made to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Mrs Rachel Colvin, a committed Christian and teacher formerly employed by Ballarat Christian College until February 2019. This case is brought under Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010, which contains protections from discrimination on the basis […]

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Petition Delivery: Advocates reject unbalanced religious discrimination ‘sword’

  Tuesday, 10 September 2019 LGBTIQ+, racial justice, and women’s advocates today delivered a petition to the Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Greens Senator Janet Rice arguing for a fair Religious Discrimination Bill. The Exposure Draft released by the Morrison Government in Sydney has been closely analysed by legal experts and revealed to privilege […]

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Civil Society Condemns Draft Religious Discrimination Act

Civil society groups representing women, LGBTIQ+ people, and people of colour have today condemned the Government’s draft Religious Discrimination Act Exposure Draft. “Laws must apply equally to everyone – this Act enshrines religious exceptionalism by giving new privileges to people of faith, while overriding existing protections from discrimination for others.”, said Anna Brown* CEO of […]

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Fair Birth Certificate Reforms Pass In Victoria

The Victorian Legislative Council (upper house) last night passed an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic) removing barriers for trans and gender diverse people changing the legal gender on their birth certificates. Brenda Appleton*, Transgender Victoria spokesperson said “The power of the speeches and the outcome in the Council today […]

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Catholic Church condemned for seeking to undermine state anti-discrimination laws

Equality Australia CEO, Anna Brown*, responds to reports today that the Catholic Church is pushing to undermine state-based discrimination laws with new federal measures that are allegedly going to cabinet this morning.  “We’re deeply concerned about the push by institutions like the Catholic Church to enshrine religious privilege. Religious institutions should not be above the laws that apply to everyday Australians […]

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Academic Feminists Endorse Birth Certificate Reform

Over 1000 feminists sign Open Letter in support of trans women

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Birth Certificate reforms pass first hurdle

Victorian Legislative Assembly passes birth certificate reforms for trans people.

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Commissioner’s support for fair Birth Certificate laws welcomed

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner publicly supports trans birth certificate reforms.

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Gay ‘cure’ books removed by Australian retailers

2 August 2019  Angus & Robertson and Dymocks bookstores have reacted swiftly to public pressure calling for them to remove discredited conversion ‘therapy’ books from their stores, following a similar decision by Amazon in July. National LGBTIQ+ advocacy organisation, Equality Australia, launched a petition for the removal of the books in collaboration with conversion ‘therapy’ survivors this week.  The major book […]

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