The Morrison government is split on whether to support Labor’s call to amend discrimination law to prevent religious schools firing gay staff. The Liberal deputy leader, Josh Frydenberg, and candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma backed Labor’s call but Scott Morrison refused to commit to extend his promise to prevent discrimination against students. On Monday Bill Shorten extended Labor’s offer to prevent religious schools expelling gay students by suggesting the government should also protect staff and teachers at risk of discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices... Expand
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices effectively enforced anti-discrimination laws.
There are no laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by law in a wide range of areas, including in employment, housing, family law, taxes, child support, immigration, pensions, care of elderly persons, and social security.
The HRC received 16 complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation from July 2012 through June 2013. Information on resolution of the complaints was not available.
The law provides protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
Australia's prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students. Scott Morrison said new legislation would "make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality". Some Australian states allow such schools to turn away gay students. The issue has been hotly debated in the country after recommendations of a report on religious freedom were leaked earlier this week. The report, commissioned after same-sex marriage was made legal last year, suggested that procedures for non-state schools to reject gay students should be made consistent nationwide, raising the possibility of allowing such rejections across Australia.
Let’s face it: throwing kids out of school for being gay is disgusting. Not for a long, long time has such an idea been respectable in this country. But in 2018 Philip Ruddock’s religious freedom review has kept it on the table. This isn’t about freedom. It’s cruelty. Ruddock’s team should have knocked it on the head instead of recommending a few protections. And politicians calling, pathetically, for no fresh laws allowing faith schools to expel gay kids should be demanding the practice ends right now everywhere in Australia.
Religious leaders from five nations have called on governments across the Caribbean to repeal their anti-gay laws.
In an open letter to Caribbean governments, Christian clergy from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Jamaica also appealed to them to support the human rights and health of their local LGBT populations. The release of the letter coincided with the electronic publication of a book documenting last October’s “Intimate Conviction” conference in Jamaica, at which more than 60 religious leaders analyzed the origins and devastating effects of anti-gay laws in former British colonies.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) banned lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly until November 1992, and there were restrictions on transgender service until September 2010. Even so, we know LGBT people have always been serving bravely in the ADF. In an ongoing research project with Macquarie University Associate Professor Shirleene Robinson, we have been documenting the histories of LGBT service members, many of whom suffered discrimination, surveillance and punishments while serving in the closet. Our research entailed examining Defence records and media reports and interviewing 130 former and current LGBTI service members. What compelled me to write the brief were some of the harrowing tales ex-service members told us.
An increasing number of Chinese nationals are traveling to Australia to freely come out as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. China legalized homosexuality in 1997 but legislative and social pressures have made it difficult for men and women to express their sexuality. “To be overseas and telling their parents over WeChat, so over the internet for example, it may be a lot easier for them because there’s no direct confrontation as such,” Erin Chew, founder of the Asian Australian Alliance told SBS News. “They also don’t need to tell other family, for example, so they’re only telling their parents.”
Australian senator Fraser Anning embarked on a shocking anti-LGBT rant on the floor of the country’s senate on Tuesday, likening LGBT people to perverts and sexual deviants. Anning, from the fringe hardline Katter’s Australian Party, made the incendiary comments while taking the floor to discuss an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying programme called Safe Schools. He said: “Fifty years ago, if a communist pervert had proposed that our nation’s children be forced to listen to sexually deviant propaganda, they would probably have been strung up. “Today, this disgusting garbage is called the Safe Schools program, and its leading exponents hold comfortable government funded positions.
Almost 30 years after Alan Rosendale was savagely bashed on a Sydney street by a group he believes were police officers, he is hoping a parliamentary inquiry into gay hate crimes can bring some answers. The inquiry to be conducted by the North South Wales upper house social issues committee, will investigate how NSW police handled gay hate crimes and why the state’s justice system may not have protected LGBTI people or delayed justice for them and their families.
Neighbours has shown the first ever TV same-sex wedding in Australia. The soap is reflecting on marriage equality, after same-sex marriage was legalised in December. Executive producer Jason Herbison said representation of the LGBT community is "a priority". He told The Huffington Post that the marriage of David and Aaron is a "defining moment" in the show's history. Back in 1987, Neighbours showed the wedding of Scott and Charlene, which remains one of the most famous soap weddings of all time.
The contest to replace Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament is heating up as Liberal campaigner Andrew Bragg quits his business job to run for the seat, intensifying the competition to win the endorsement of local party members. Mr Bragg led the peak Liberal campaign for a Yes vote on same-sex marriage last year in the face of strong objections to the change from conservatives including former prime minister Tony Abbott. The “Liberals and Nationals for Yes” campaign gained support from former NSW premier Nick Greiner, former cabinet minister Amanda Vanstone and current cabinet ministers Kelly O’Dwyer and Simon Birmingham. Mr Bragg was the director of the campaign after serving as the acting federal director of the Liberal Party early last year, before the party named Andrew Hirst to the permanent position.
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