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Liberal Dave Sharma rejects giving religious schools right to expel gay students

October 18, 2018

‘The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has rejected “any new measures” to extend religious schools’ power to expel gay students and sack gay teachers. ‘Sharma made the comments at a doorstop in Wentworth on Wednesday, as the Coalition struggled … read more

Banking royal commission: Insurers might be breaking anti-discrimination laws

September 8, 2018

‘Insurers are using eating disorders from teenage years, wedding anxiety symptoms and “low feelings” to deny coverage and claims on mental health grounds, potentially breaking anti-discrimination laws, mental health advocates say…’

AEMC mulls rule change to boost ‘demand response’ in National Electricity Market

September 6, 2018

‘The Australian Energy Market Commission is mulling a rule change that would accelerate the growth of demand response – an alternative source of power to conventional generation – and boost the grid’s resilience to supply squeezes and blackouts. ‘The Energy … read more

NSW public school will have pants option for girls

August 2, 2018

‘EVERY public school will be forced to offer girls the option of wearing shorts and pants instead of a dress under a statewide overhaul to the government’s uniform policy. ‘The new policy also mandates that schools give parents at least … read more

Thought our treatment of asylum seekers couldn’t get any worse?

June 17, 2018

Editorial in the Sunday Age: ‘This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to … read more

‘Real and tragic consequences’: asylum seekers left untreated for hepatitis C

June 13, 2018

The doctors who examined Wissam Jadiri when he came to Australia by boat in 2013 detected his elevated liver enzymes right away. But it took more than four years, countless flights and threats of a federal court case for the … read more

Blind woman takes Commonwealth Bank to court over ‘inaccessible’ EFTPOS machines

March 21, 2018

Would you trust a stranger with your bank PIN? It’s a question Nadia Mattiazzo is forced to ask herself daily… Key points: Commonwealth Bank facing lawsuit alleging discrimination over touchscreen EFTPOS machines Blind and vision-impaired people say terminals are virtually … read more

Albert makes me anxious: Why touchscreen eftpos can be a ‘nightmare’

February 27, 2018

The evening began so well, with dinner at a local Indian restaurant for his daughter’s birthday. But when it came time to pay, Martin Stewart got a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. Mr Stewart – who describes … read more

Smith’s same-sex marriage bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a workable compromise

December 7, 2017

By PIAC CEO Jonathon Hunyor ‘The same-sex marriage postal survey is almost at an end. The survey process has closed and we await the result on 15 November. But despite having put the LGBTI community through a protracted, unnecessary, unfair … read more

Lessons From The NT Royal Commission Must Be Learnt Across The Nation

November 23, 2017

‘The NT Royal Commission’s final Report, released November 17, is an indictment of the NT Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable children and young people in its care. Importantly, it has also drawn attention to the national crisis in … read more


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