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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“Landmark moment” on intersex rights, as draft intersex protection law released in the ACT

27 May 2022 – Intersex advocates and LGBTIQ+ groups have today welcomed the ACT Government’s release of draft legislation that would prevent harmful medical interventions on intersex people without their personal consent. Cody Smith, senior project officer of Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), said: “As an odd kid that grew up in Canberra with unexplained […]

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‘Stunning rebuke of the politics of division’ – LGBTIQ+ group

22 May 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has responded to this weekend’s election result, saying that it’s clear voters across the country have rejected the politics of division. “This election campaign, some have tried to divide the community, using the lives of one of the most marginalised groups of people in the country […]

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Parties must commit to discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people

Media Release: “Raise the standard for everyone” – Equality Australia calls on all parties to commit to discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in religious organisations 16 May 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has called on whoever forms government this election to act swiftly to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in religious organisations, saying […]

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Media Release: “Lifesaving” – trans equality and clinicians groups defend trans healthcare

10 May 2022 – Trans equality, peer support and healthcare groups have raised alarm and disappointment at the Prime Minister comments regarding medical care for trans young people, inviting him to meet with trans and gender diverse people to educate himself about the challenges they face.   The comments come after the Prime Minster claimed at […]

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