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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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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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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WA Election

With WA going to the polls this Saturday, you told us and our friends at Rainbow Futures WA what LGBTIQ+ issues mattered to you. Now, before you vote this weekend, find out where the parties’ stand on your top LGBTIQ+ priorities: Ending LGBTQ+ conversion practices Ensuring discrimination laws protect all of us, no matter where […]

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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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What the new birth certificate legislation means to me

Sage Akouri tells us why new Victorian birth certificate legislation means to them For a really long time now I have known that the word on my birth certificate used to define my ‘sex’ has not matched up to my identity and has caused me a lot of distress throughout my life. I have put myself at risk […]

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Settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau shows that there is no need for new religious discrimination law

December 4, 2019 Today’s settlement between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau is welcomed by Equality Australia.  It draws a line under what has been a divisive and hurtful period for LGBTIQ+ people in rugby, in sport and more generally.    It proves that there is no need for a new law, especially one that would limit the right of employers to have codes of […]

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Fairer birth certificate laws for Victoria

Last year, after years of advocacy, and a narrowly defeated Bill in 2016,the Victorian Government passed a Bill to amend 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.   Together, we made history. People born in Victoria can now apply for a […]

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