Eleven unions in the Australian state of New South Wales, representing close to 300,000 workers, have formed a Unions for Marriage Equality campaign, which may soon be joined by unions in other states. >>>
As part of the Federal Press Gallery's Mid-Winter Ball Charity Auction, GetUp and Australian Marriage Equality bid for and won dinner at The Lodge with Julia Gillard - a
prize they intend to give to couples in same-sex relationships, to make the case for marriage equality. >>>
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the government's new multiculturalism policy, argues that Muslims should enjoy "legal pluralism." The nation's peak Muslim group is using the Gillard government's re-embracing of multi-culturalism to push for the introduction of sharia in Australia, but it says it would be a more moderate variety of Islamic law that fits with Australian values.
Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian Defence Force has become embroiled in a scandal over an anti-gay Facebook page allegedly posted by serving soldiers. They came under fire after claims it failed to discipline dozens of personnel allegedly linked to the online page. >>>
A new Tasmanian law recognising overseas civil partnerships and same-sex marriages comes into effect. An amendment to the Relationships Act, passed in September last year, allows the Tasmanian Government to automatically recognise interstate civil partnerships and overseas civil partnerships and same-sex marriages after each scheme has been through an assessment process. >>>
A GAY couple who came to Australia from Bangladesh have launched a High Court challenge over a decision to refuse them protection visas that was partly based on an anonymous letter claiming they were not homosexual.
(The Sydney Morning Herald - The divides of religion and culture must be bridged to find a common language to help stop the worldwide spread of HIV. During the past year, I have been involved in conferences around the world to deal with the spread of HIV. While people had that as a common goal, there was another problem - finding a common ground for dialogue. >>>