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If Scott Morrison works in good faith with Greens and Labor, we could end legal discrimination against LGBT teachers this week: Greens

Janet Rice 15 Oct 2018

Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice today said that if Prime Minister Scott Morrison works in good faith with the Greens and Labor, the Parliament could end exemptions this week to Federal anti-discrimination laws that currently allow religious schools to fire LGBT+ teachers and staff because of who they are.

“For years the Greens have fought to remove exemptions to our laws that allow religious schools to expel students and fire teachers and staff members simply because of who they are,” Senator Rice said.

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Governments must do more to end harmful LGBT+ conversion attempts: Greens

Janet Rice 15 Oct 2018

Following the release of the report into LGBT+ conversion attempts by La Trobe University, the Human Rights Law Centre and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice said governments must do more to stop these harmful practices.

"Gay and trans conversion practices are grounded in homophobia and transphobia. Conversion practices still exist in many forms across the country and are often insidiously hidden or dressed up as 'mentoring' or 'counselling'," Senator Rice said.

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Ruddock review recommendations disastrous for LGBTIQ+ Australians: Greens

Janet Rice 10 Oct 2018

The Ruddock review recommendations to allow religious schools to expel LGBTIQ+ students and fire LGBTIQ+ teachers would be disastrous, say the Greens.

“Last year in the marriage equality postal survey Australians voted for equality for LGBTIQ+ Australians, not for more discrimination,” Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice said.

“The Ruddock review recommendations to change our laws to allow religious schools to expel students on the basis of who they are or who they love at a time when they are already vulnerable is unacceptable.”

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Hannah Mouncey’s withdrawal shows AFL is not walking the walk when it comes to LGBTIQ+ equality, say the Greens

Janet Rice 10 Sep 2018

“The AFL is happy to talk the talk when it comes to LGBTIQ+ inclusion, but Hannah Mouncey’s experience shows when push comes to shove, they’re not prepared to walk the walk,” says Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Janet Rice.

“It beggars belief that The AFLW’s Gender Diversity Policies are far stricter than current International Olympic Committee standards.”

“So the fact that Hannah has met all of the AFLW’s requirements but has still struggled through this process unsupported is absolutely unacceptable.”

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New PM is anti LGBTIQ, say Greens

Janet Rice 5 Sep 2018

It has only taken a week for the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to repeatedly show he doesn’t care about the wellbeing or welfare of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer kids, say the Greens.

“Scott Morrison’s barely settled into the job, yet he’s made every effort to demonise young LGBTIQ people. He has done so much damage in such a short time,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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PM Scott Morrison must come out and support ban on LGBTIQ conversion therapy

Janet Rice 3 Sep 2018

The new Prime Minister Scott Morrison must come out and commit to stamping out harmful conversion therapy, say the Greens.

The Greens’ call comes after survivors of conversion therapy and sexual orientation change efforts sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten calling for a multi-partisan crackdown on the harmful practices.

“Conversion therapies and sexual orientation change efforts are harmful and can have fatal consequences. They must must be stamped out,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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Greens call on federal government to pressure Malaysia over LGBTIQ crackdown

Janet Rice 28 Aug 2018

The Greens are calling on the federal government to immediately raise the strongest of concerns with the Malaysian government about oppression and persecution of the Malaysian LGBTIQ community.

The crackdown includes a horrific caning sentence due to be carried out today on two women who are being punished for having sex, the detention of 20 men in a gay club who were ordered into counselling for ‘illicit behaviour’, the brutal beating of a trans woman on the street and the removal of photographs of LGBTIQ activists from a state-sponsored exhibition.

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