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December 27, 2013

2013 saw many gains and set backs in the fight for LGBTI rights in Australia - GSN looks back on a year of struggle in the Great Southern Land

2013 was a tumultuous year for LGBTI rights in Australia, with significant victories on the road to reform but also significant short term obstacles put in its way.

The LGBTI community started 2013 on a bit of a high with the 2012 national conference of the then ruling Australian Labor Party adopting same-sex marriage as part of its party platform in December of 2012 – though the party stopped short of binding MPs to vote for the reform.

December 27, 2013

2013 saw many gains and set backs in the fight for LGBTI rights in Australia - GSN looks back on a year of struggle in the Great Southern Land

2013 was a tumultuous year for LGBTI rights in Australia, with significant victories on the road to reform but also significant short term obstacles put in its way.

The LGBTI community started 2013 on a bit of a high with the 2012 national conference of the then ruling Australian Labor Party adopting same-sex marriage as part of its party platform in December of 2012 – though the party stopped short of binding MPs to vote for the reform.

October 1, 2013

Citing her feminist politics, the former Australian prime minister explains her opposition to gay marriage in and outside office

A six-year-old boy has asked former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard why she opposed gay marriage.

During a question and answer session at the Sydney Opera House, he asked: 'How come you didn’t let gay people get married?'

October 1, 2013

Citing her feminist politics, the former Australian prime minister explains her opposition to gay marriage in and outside office

A six-year-old boy has asked former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard why she opposed gay marriage.

During a question and answer session at the Sydney Opera House, he asked: 'How come you didn’t let gay people get married?'

September 7, 2013

Abbott holds conservative views on women and gay rights, despite having a lesbian sister

Tony Abbott has won the election to become Australia's next Prime Minister.

The deeply religious leader of Australia's Liberal Party defeated the current Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after opinion polls and an early exit poll all predicted a Liberal victory in the election.

Speaking about the polls, Australian Broadcasting Corporation election analyst Antony Green stated: 'The coalition is on a pretty secure 74 seats already. On that basis they're going to get a majority. I think we can say the government has been defeated.'

July 30, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has signed “Keep Calm” posters backing allowing same-sex couples to wed at an official campaign launch for a Labor candidate in another sign it is an issue that the Labor Party wants to use to differentiate itself during this year’s election

The man campaigning to be a three time Australian prime minister has signed posters backing marriage equality at an election campaign event – showing that the ruling Labor Party wants to use the issue to differentiate itself from Opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal/National Coalition of parties.

Rudd signed the posters at Perth’s Mt Lawley Bowling Club in Western Australia on Friday during a campaign launch for Labor candidate for the seat of Perth Alannah MacTiernan.

July 14, 2013

A new poll reveals 30% of voters are more likely to support the left-wing party because of Rudd's stance on same-sex marriage

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s stance on gay marriage could help the Labor party in the next elections, a poll has shown.

The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research and funded by Australian Marriage Equality, highlighted 30% of voters would be more likely to support the Labor in the federal contest.

The interviewees said their support is due to Rudd’s stance on gay marriage.

The 19% of the 1000 people interviewed said they would be less likely to vote for Labor.

July 2, 2013

A group of around 25 people have held a snap protest action outside the headquarters of the ruling Australian Labor Party, occupying the building’s foyer while they called on the government to allow marriage equality

Around 25 activists from the group Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) occupied the foyer of the building that houses the headquarters of the Australian Labor Party after party officials refused to accept a petition that had been signed by around 15,000 people.

July 2, 2013

A group of around 25 people have held a snap protest action outside the headquarters of the ruling Australian Labor Party, occupying the building’s foyer while they called on the government to allow marriage equality

Around 25 activists from the group Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) occupied the foyer of the building that houses the headquarters of the Australian Labor Party after party officials refused to accept a petition that had been signed by around 15,000 people.

July 2, 2013

Forced to answer in only one word, Anthony Albanese says Labor will push for same-sex marriage in Australia

Gay marriage will happen and be legal in Australia, the new Deputy Prime Minister has promised.

Speaking at a youth radio station yesterday morning (1 July), Anthony Albanese has given a strong indication they will move to legalize same-sex marriage.

It comes after the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was against same-sex marriage, was outed in favor of Kevin Rudd, for gay rights.

July 1, 2013

The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia raised over $20,000 in a month thanks to a mystery donor who pledged $10,000 if supporters would match him dollar for dollar

Australian marriage equality advocates were able to raise $20,769 in campaign funds in June thanks to an anonymous mystery donor who pledged to donate $10,000 if other supporters would match him dollar for dollar.

The anonymous donor approached advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality at their 5 June Equality Dinner at Sydney’s Cafe DOV and made the offer.

June 29, 2013

'My father says, "my father was a barber in Shepparton. He must have been gay as well!' says boyfriend of former Australian prime minister about having his sexuality questioned on a radio interview

Tim Mathieson, the boyfriend of recently ousted Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, has been joking with the press about being called gay by a radio host earlier this month.

Howard Sattler lost his job at Radio 6PR when he asked then prime minister Gillard if her partner was gay during a live interview.

June 29, 2013

'My father says, "my father was a barber in Shepparton. He must have been gay as well!' says boyfriend of former Australian prime minister about having his sexuality questioned on a radio interview

Tim Mathieson, the boyfriend of recently ousted Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, has been joking with the press about being called gay by a radio host earlier this month.

Howard Sattler lost his job at Radio 6PR when he asked then prime minister Gillard if her partner was gay during a live interview.

June 28, 2013

Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described himself as ‘a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ and has called on Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described himself as ‘the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ at a press conference today and challenged Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue.

June 28, 2013

Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described himself as ‘a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ and has called on Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described himself as ‘the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ at a press conference today and challenged Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue.

June 26, 2013

The ruling Australian Labor Party will decide within hours the leader it will take to September’s election, with the choice between an atheist woman who opposes marriage equality and a Christian man who thinks LGBTs should be allowed to marry

The ruling Australian Labor Party has announced a leadership spill, with MPs to decide who should lead the party as Prime Minister to the next election.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the spill after months of leadership speculation and this afternoon deposed former prime minister Kevin Rudd announced that he would put his hat in the ring.

June 26, 2013

The ruling Australian Labor Party will decide within hours the leader it will take to September’s election, with the choice between an atheist woman who opposes marriage equality and a Christian man who thinks LGBTs should be allowed to marry

The ruling Australian Labor Party has announced a leadership spill, with MPs to decide who should lead the party as Prime Minister to the next election.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the spill after months of leadership speculation and this afternoon deposed former prime minister Kevin Rudd announced that he would put his hat in the ring.

June 26, 2013

Rudd said he was previously a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue but now backs gay marriage. He is now PM having defeated Julia Gillard in a Labor caucus vote

Kevin Rudd has defeated Julia Gillard in a snap election of the Labor caucus to become new party leader and Australia’s prime minister.

It comes just weeks after he announced his personal support for gay marriage equality in the country – saying he had previously been a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue.

And he is now facing calls from LGBT campaigners in the country to take action to deliver same-sex marriage equality in the country.

June 26, 2013

Rudd said he was previously a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue but now backs gay marriage. He is now PM having defeated Julia Gillard in a Labor caucus vote

Kevin Rudd has defeated Julia Gillard in a snap election of the Labor caucus to become new party leader and Australia’s prime minister.

It comes just weeks after he announced his personal support for gay marriage equality in the country – saying he had previously been a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue.

And he is now facing calls from LGBT campaigners in the country to take action to deliver same-sex marriage equality in the country.

June 17, 2013

Right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman says rumors about Julia Gillard's boyfriend Tim Mathieson are going around the capital's press circle

A newspaper columnist questioned the sexuality of the Australian prime minister's boyfriend again on a TV show yesterday.

On Sunday discussion TV show ABC Insiders right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman said 'a lot of people in the Canberra [press] gallery have been saying the same thing [as radio host Howard Sattler]'.

Guests on ABC Insiders were discussing Sattler's live radio interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week, in which he asked if her parter Tim Mathieson is gay.

June 17, 2013

Right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman says rumors about Julia Gillard's boyfriend Tim Mathieson are going around the capital's press circle

A newspaper columnist questioned the sexuality of the Australian prime minister's boyfriend again on a TV show yesterday.

On Sunday discussion TV show ABC Insiders right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman said 'a lot of people in the Canberra [press] gallery have been saying the same thing [as radio host Howard Sattler]'.

Guests on ABC Insiders were discussing Sattler's live radio interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week, in which he asked if her parter Tim Mathieson is gay.

June 14, 2013

Howard Sattler is 'flabbergasted' after being fired for his 'disrespectful and irrelevant' questioning of the Australian prime minister

An Australian radio host was fired for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay.

In yesterday’s interview (13 June), shock jock Howard Sattler quizzed the political leader on the rumors surrounding Tim Mathieson’s sexuality.

Radio 6PR has now decided to terminate the host’s contract.

‘In the wake of yesterday’s interview Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from Broadcasting pending a review of the matter today,’ the statement said. ‘The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler's engagement.’

June 14, 2013

Howard Sattler is 'flabbergasted' after being fired for his 'disrespectful and irrelevant' questioning of the Australian prime minister

An Australian radio host was fired for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay.

In yesterday’s interview (13 June), shock jock Howard Sattler quizzed the political leader on the rumors surrounding Tim Mathieson’s sexuality.

Radio 6PR has now decided to terminate the host’s contract.

‘In the wake of yesterday’s interview Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from Broadcasting pending a review of the matter today,’ the statement said. ‘The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler's engagement.’

June 13, 2013

Howard Sattler has been suspended for his 'disrespectful and irrelevant' questioning of the Australian prime minister

An Australian radio host is to be taken off the air after asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay.

Today (13 June), Howard Sattler quizzed the political leader on the rumors surrounding Tim Mathieson’s sexuality.

The Australian political leader has often used the example of her relationship as why she does not support same-sex marriage, saying two people can be together and not be married.

Sattler said: ‘But you hear it, “He must be gay, he’s a hairdresser”.’