A day of mixed emotions: Equality Australia calls on Senate to amend Religious Discrimination Bill

10 February 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group Equality Australia has called on the Senate to remove the provisions of the Religious Discrimination Bill that override existing anti-discrimination protections and to strengthen changes to the Sex Discrimination Act to ensure they protect LGBTQ+ students and staff. “Today is a day of mixed emotions for our community. […]

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Equality Australia responds to ALP’s proposed amendments to the Religious Discrimination Bill

9 February 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, has responded to Federal Labor’s announcement it will table amendments to the flawed Religious Discrimination Bill but called on the Parliament to ensure teachers are also protected in religious schools. “The ALP has today demonstrated that it is listening to the concerns of the Australian community, […]

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Olympic champion Ian Thorpe fronts campaign against Religious Discrimination Bill

8 February 2022 – Ian Thorpe AM has teamed up with Equality Australia today to launch a renewed push to oppose the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill, fronting an advertising campaign across broadcast and digital services nationally.  “I believe in equality for all. But the Religious Discrimination Bill privileges the rights of one group over […]

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Inquiry reports offer no clear pathway to friendless and divisive Religious Discrimination Bill

4 February 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ organisation, Equality Australia, today said the Morrison Government must scrap its flawed religious discrimination reforms, as two separate parliamentary inquiries criticise key aspects of the proposed legislation and fail to solve the wide-ranging problems with the Religious Discrimination Bill. In two reports documenting broad opposition among religious, health, women’s, […]

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Protections for LGBTQ+ people in religious schools must not be contingent on bad Religious Discrimination Bill

3 February 2022 – National LGBTIQ+ rights organisation, Equality Australia, has cautiously welcomed comments by the Prime Minister foreshadowing amendments next week to better protect LGBTQ+ people in religious schools, but has called for the flawed Religious Discrimination Bill to be scrapped, warning that it will result in discrimination on a wider basis.   The Prime […]

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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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