The announcement of a cross-party inquiry into marriage equality feels a bit like history repeating, but any progress towards change is welcomed by the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
Australians have avoided an expensive, divisive, damaging and unnecessary marriage equality plebiscite after today’s defeat of legislation in the Senate, and the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby says it’s now time to get down to business.
Today’s decision by the federal Labor party room to not support legislation allowing a divisive, costly and unnecessary plebiscite on marriage equality is a win for common sense and community welfare, the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby says.
With details of the proposed plebiscite into marriage equality now released by the federal government, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL) calls for the blocking of plebiscite legislation, and for all sides of parliament to work together to achieve marriage equality as quickly as possible through a free vote.
A petition with 17,000 signatures has been tabled in the NSW Parliament, asking the government to end the Safe Schools program in all NSW schools.
This federal election NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSWGLRL) called on all parties to make a commitment to end discrimination and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians.
With electoral rolls now closed and the countdown to the longest election campaign in our history rolls on, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSWGLRL) are moving into the next phase of the #RainbowVotes campaign.
The results of a major survey of political parties on LGBTI issues have revealed important differences in the major political parties.
In May 2016, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released an Interim Report on their inquiry into the Conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at the regional processing centres (RPCs) in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea (the Report).
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs tabled a report from their inquiry into the regulatory and legislative aspects of international and domestic surrogacy arrangements on 4 May. The report, titled ‘Surrogacy Matters’, outlines ten recommendations arising from the inquiry.