Discrimination

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders

Racism - The Guardian

Mutuma Ruteere warns xenophobic hate speech on the rise, and political leaders need to ‘censure this kind of divisive and racist rhetoric’ in their ranks The Guardian Paul Karp Mainstream Australian political leaders need to denounce divisive and racist rhetoric, particularly from members of their own parties, a United Nations expert has said. The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, made… Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges… Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to LGBTIQ community for discrimination

Premier Jay Weatherill - ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has made an apology in State Parliament to members of the LGBTIQ community who have been discriminated against because of legislation. ABC Leah MacLennan During his apology, Mr Weatherill spoke of the death of a British man, David Bulmer-Rizzi, in South Australia whose marriage was not recognised on his death certificate. Mr Bulmer-Rizzi died while honeymooning in… SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to… Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

US Elections - SMH

Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »

Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

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Price may have a new way to discriminate against the LGBTQ community Salon Matthew Rozsa Rep. Tom Price, who was selected by President-elect Donald Trump as his pick for secretary of health and human services on Monday, has previously expressed views about the LGBTQ community that call into… Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about… Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

Dutton - The Guardian

Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »

#DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories

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Indigenous people have shared their personal stories of racism on social media, after One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson said there was no definition of Aboriginal in an interview on the Bolt Report. ABC “What defines an Aboriginal?” Senator Hanson told host Andrew Bolt. “If you marry an Aboriginal, you can be… #DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no… Read More »

Trump’s election led to ‘barrage of hate’, report finds

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Southern Poverty Law Center counts 867 hate incidents across US in 10 days since election, with many targeting immigrants, African Americans and Muslims The Guardian Mazin Sidahmed The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has counted 867 hate incidents in the 10 days after the US election, a report released Tuesday found, a phenomenon it partly blamed on the rhetoric of Donald Trump. The advocacy group collected reports of… Trump’s election led to ‘barrage of… Read More »

Historical gay sex convictions to be wiped under new Queensland law aiming to redress discrimination

Gay marriage - ABC

Draft laws to allow men convicted of historical gay sex offences to apply to have their convictions wiped from the record have been put forward by the Queensland Government. ABC Casey Briggs Under the proposal, men convicted for certain sexual activity once described as “acts of gross indecency” would be able to apply to the director-general of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to have their convictions expunged. The expungement scheme would also apply to… Historical gay sex convictions to ... Read More »

It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with the ‘gay panic’ defence

Gay rights - Brisbane Times

It’s high time, as Queenslanders, that we stood up for our gay brothers and sisters in the state. Brisbane Times Rob Pyne No matter what your opinion is on marriage equality, I think we can all agree that no gay person deserves to be bullied until they take their own life, and no gay person deserves to be murdered. The Queensland Parliament this week has… It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with… Read More »

Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as a political distraction

Human rights - IA

Repealing Section 18C has the potential to legitimise and magnify the racist hate-speech that Australian people of colour already have to deal with, writes Brooke Murphy. Independent Australia Brooke Murphy RECENTLY, various politicians and media outlets have been contributing to the “debate” surrounding Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Arguments against Section 18C centre on… Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as… Read More »

As a gay officer I saw how homophobic the police are

Homophobic - The Guardian

The bungled investigation into Stephen Port’s murders has shone a light on how LGBT victims are often brushed away, with prejudice in the force still remaining The Guardian Kevin Maxwell In 2001, when I joined the police, homophobia was rife. In the Greater Manchester force I heard the word “queer”… As a gay officer I saw how homophobic… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to say sorry to LGBTIQ community

Premier Jay Weatherill - ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced he will deliver an apology in State Parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination. ABC Mr Weatherill said in a Facebook post that “for far too long, discrimination against our LGBTIQ community has been written into our state’s laws, causing pain and distress for many South Australians”. The apology on Thursday, December 1 will follow the… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to… Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

Peter Dutton - IA

Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »