Prominent faith-based service providers are concerned the Religious Discrimination Bill will overreach its initial intention.

Vincent Care Victoria, Uniting Vic.Tas, and Anglicare, which deliver crucial social services for tens of thousands of Australians are concerned that the Bill will leave room for people to use faith as a means to cause harm. The Prime Minister announced on Saturday that the Bill will be re-drafted and introduced to Parliament early in […]

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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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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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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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50+ LGBTIQ organisations and Allies support affirming Religious Discrimination Bill

16 July 2019 More than 50 LGBTIQ+ and ally organisations from all over Australia have released a joint statement in support of an affirming Religious Discrimination Act. Anna Brown*, CEO of Equality Australia, has called on the Government to follow through on their federal election promises and ensure that the as-yet-unseen Religious Discrimination Bill does […]

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AG’s religious discrimination proposal would stop employers from providing safe workplaces

8 July 2019  Reports today show that the Commonwealth Attorney-General plans to include a clause in the forthcoming Religious Discrimination Bill that would prevent employers providing a safe workplace for all people.  “Anti-discrimination laws should be a shield, not a sword. It sounds like the Government’s proposal would prevent employers from being able to protect […]

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Self care resource released in advance of Religious Discrimination Bill debate

5 July 2019  In advance of the upcoming debate in federal parliament on religious discrimination, community groups supporting lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and queer people have released a self care resource. The resource provides advice on how to limit the negative impact of the anticipated culture wars-style public debate on LGBTQIA+ people, especially those of […]

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Media Release: Christians and LGBTIQ+ people stand together

Christians and LGBTIQ+ people stand together for a fair Religious Discrimination Bill A Pastor at Activate Church, Brad Chilcott, and Equality Australia are calling on the Morrison Government to include affected communities in consultations regarding the Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. “Faith-based communities who proactively embrace LGBTQ people need to be heard in this consultation. […]

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Media Release: Delayed introduction of Religious Discrimination Bill

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to delay the introduction of the Religious Discrimination Bill to allow time for further consultation has today been welcomed by national LGBTIQ+ organisation Equality Australia.

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