Thorpey fronts campaign opposing the Religious Discrimination Bill as 250 organisations sign open letter

November 23, 2021 – Olympian Ian Thorpe has today teamed up with LGBTIQ+ organisation, Equality Australia, to launch a campaign urging the Australian Parliament to oppose a Religious Discrimination Bill that fails to protect everyone in the Australian community equally. “The Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is back on the agenda. It’s a piece of […]

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A huge step forward for fairness and equality in Victoria

29 October 2021 – Equality Australia and the Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania have welcomed the introduction of proposed new laws by the Victorian Government to better protect Victorians from discrimination by religious organisations and called on all members of parliament to support the Bill.   The Government’s Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 will narrow carve-outs to the state’s anti-discrimination laws that currently allow religious organisations such as schools and service providers to discriminate against staff, students and people seeking to access services on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or […]

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Intersex advocates welcome Human Rights Commission report

18 October 2021 – Intersex Human Rights Australia and Equality Australia have today welcomed the findings of a landmark report on the human rights of intersex people, launching a new campaign for laws to end medically unnecessary procedures that modify the sex characteristicsof intersex people without their consent. The report released today by the Australian […]

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A demonstration of leadership: LGBTIQ+ group joins union in welcoming Victorian Government anti-discrimination announcement

16 September, 2021 – Equality Australia and the Independent Education Union (Vic) have welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that it will reform anti-discrimination laws to better protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “Everyone deserves to live, work and study with dignity and respect, no matter who they are or whom they love”, said Anna […]

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One Nation NSW orchestrates a sham process and an attack on trans and gender diverse youth

6th September 2021 – Equality Australia has today called on the NSW state government and opposition to categorically reject the report of the Parliamentary Education Committee into One Nation’s proposed amendment to education legislation, saying many of the proposals are likely unlawful, and a direct attack on the safety of trans and gender diverse young people in schools.   The report – opposed by committee members Anthony D’Adam (Labor) and David Shoebridge (Greens) – […]

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Community groups welcome Victorian Government’s commitment to strengthening anti-hate protections

2nd September 2021 – Victorian Aboriginal, multicultural and multifaith groups, human rights, women’s and LGBTIQ+ rights organisations have come together to welcome today’s commitment by the Victorian Government to strengthen the state’s anti-hate protections. “As organisations representing the wonderfully diverse people of Victoria, we welcome the Victorian Government’s response to the multi-partisan consensus recommendations of […]

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Holding hate to account

Everyone deserves to feel safe in public, on the street and online.  When someone is attacked, abused or demeaned simply because of who they are, they should not be left to stand alone. Our laws must ensure people who use hate to harm others are held to account for the harm they cause to people in our community.    By holding hate to account, we affirm what makes Victoria […]

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Abandon flawed Religious Discrimination Bill and bring laws into 21st Century

10th August 2021 – Following reports of widespread discrimination in Christian schools in today’s Nine Papers, Equality Australia has called on the Federal Government to abandon its flawed Religious Discrimination Bill, and instead wind back exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation that allow for faith-based organisations to lawfully discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer […]

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Courtney Act joins advocates to demand LGBTIQ+ people counted in the census

9th August 2021 – Stop leaving LGBTIQ+ people out and count us in – that’s the clarion call of Equality Australia, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, and leading LGBTIQ+ community and health groups as they join forces with Courtney Act ahead of census night to demand inclusion in the next national survey. While this year’s census includes […]

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Victorian government commended for leadership on Intersex rights

12 July 2021 – Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) and national LGBTIQ+ legal organisation, Equality Australia, have welcomed the Victorian Government’s vision for Victorians with intersex variations, (i) Am Equal. The plan, released today by the Minister for Health and Equality, Martin Foley details the government’s commitment to increasing awareness of innate variations of sex […]

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