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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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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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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