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December 5, 2014

Unlike other parts of Australia, South Australia does not allow same-sex couples or single people to adopt. Its government is now seeking the public’s views on whether to change its adoption policies

In July, the South Australia Government announced that it planned to begin a public consultation and review of its adoption laws.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

October 16, 2014

The Legislative Assembly of the state of New South Wales has passed a private members bill that would see criminal convictions for consensual sex between men from before the legalization of homosexuality struck from their records

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) looks set to join Victoria and South Australia in quashing criminal convictions for gay and bisexual men who were prosecuted over consensual sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state.

The NSW Legislative Assembly, or Lower House of the NSW Parliament, voted today in favor of a private members bill put forward by Coogee Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith – the first openly gay man to be elected to that chamber.

October 16, 2014

The Legislative Assembly of the state of New South Wales has passed a private members bill that would see criminal convictions for consensual sex between men from before the legalization of homosexuality struck from their records

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) looks set to join Victoria and South Australia in quashing criminal convictions for gay and bisexual men who were prosecuted over consensual sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state.

The NSW Legislative Assembly, or Lower House of the NSW Parliament, voted today in favor of a private members bill put forward by Coogee Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith – the first openly gay man to be elected to that chamber.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

October 14, 2013

Penny Wong, the Australian Labor Party’s Senate leader while in government, has been chosen to continue in that role while in Opposition

Openly lesbian Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong has been re-elected to lead her party in the Senate while in Opposition following a leadership contest for the party between two supporters of same-sex marriage.

Wong, a senator from the state of South Australia since 2002 and Finance Minister in the Gillard and second Rudd governments, was re-elected by her colleagues earlier today, which also saw Tanya Plibersek, another vocal supporter of LGBT rights made the party’s deputy Opposition leader in the House of Representatives.

October 14, 2013

Penny Wong, the Australian Labor Party’s Senate leader while in government, has been chosen to continue in that role while in Opposition

Openly lesbian Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong has been re-elected to lead her party in the Senate while in Opposition following a leadership contest for the party between two supporters of same-sex marriage.

Wong, a senator from the state of South Australia since 2002 and Finance Minister in the Gillard and second Rudd governments, was re-elected by her colleagues earlier today, which also saw Tanya Plibersek, another vocal supporter of LGBT rights made the party’s deputy Opposition leader in the House of Representatives.

July 31, 2013

The AIDS Council of South Australia has closed down after being denied further funding by the South Australian State Government despite a new board and administrator halving the organization’s debts

The AIDS Council of South Australia (ACSA) was told on Monday that the South Australian (SA) Government had rejected a funding proposal put forward by the group’s administrator which would have seen the community health organization return to financial health.

‘Unfortunately we must advise that ACSA, all staff and services, has ceased to trade, including the Current Awareness Service,’ ACSA posted on its website on Monday.

July 31, 2013

The AIDS Council of South Australia has closed down after being denied further funding by the South Australian State Government despite a new board and administrator halving the organization’s debts

The AIDS Council of South Australia (ACSA) was told on Monday that the South Australian (SA) Government had rejected a funding proposal put forward by the group’s administrator which would have seen the community health organization return to financial health.

‘Unfortunately we must advise that ACSA, all staff and services, has ceased to trade, including the Current Awareness Service,’ ACSA posted on its website on Monday.

July 29, 2013

A report by a New South Wales state parliamentary committee that found that Australian states can make laws in regard to same-sex marriage may lead to same-sex couples being able to wed in South Australia and in the nation’s capital of Canberra

South Australia may vote again on same-sex marriage, but this time it is likely Opposition MPs will be given a conscience vote on the issue – meaning the bill may pass.

July 29, 2013

A report by a New South Wales state parliamentary committee that found that Australian states can make laws in regard to same-sex marriage may lead to same-sex couples being able to wed in South Australia and in the nation’s capital of Canberra

South Australia may vote again on same-sex marriage, but this time it is likely Opposition MPs will be given a conscience vote on the issue – meaning the bill may pass.

July 25, 2013

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of South Australia has failed in the Lower House despite having the support of the state’s Premier, but another bill is before the Upper House

A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage at a state level for the first time in Australia has been voted down in the South Australia State Parliament.

The bill failed despite being moved by a government backbencher and having the support of Labor Premier Jay Weatherill.

Weatherill today told the state parliament today that not allowing same-sex couples to marry was ‘a layer of discrimination that will be eventually removed.’

July 25, 2013

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of South Australia has failed in the Lower House despite having the support of the state’s Premier, but another bill is before the Upper House

A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage at a state level for the first time in Australia has been voted down in the South Australia State Parliament.

The bill failed despite being moved by a government backbencher and having the support of Labor Premier Jay Weatherill.

Weatherill today told the state parliament today that not allowing same-sex couples to marry was ‘a layer of discrimination that will be eventually removed.’

June 21, 2013

Liberal MPs will vote as a block against the legislation, shadow attorney general says they don't think state parliament has the power to change marriage law

A Bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of South Australia is unlikely to pass into law.

Labor MP Susan Close introduced the Bill yesterday but the state's shadow attorney general Stephen Wade said that the Liberal Party's 18 MPs would be voting as a block against the Bill, calling it a 'cruel hoax' to same-sex couples.

June 21, 2013

Liberal MPs will vote as a block against the legislation, shadow attorney general says they don't think state parliament has the power to change marriage law

A Bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of South Australia is unlikely to pass into law.

Labor MP Susan Close introduced the Bill yesterday but the state's shadow attorney general Stephen Wade said that the Liberal Party's 18 MPs would be voting as a block against the Bill, calling it a 'cruel hoax' to same-sex couples.

June 20, 2013

Yesterday South Australia's upper house showed approval of New Zealand's same-sex marriage law, today the lower house vote on legislation

The state of South Australia's upper house passed a motion yesterday to congratulate New Zealand on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Two members of the Liberal party joined Labor MLCs (Members of the Legislative Council) and others to support the motion which was passed 11 to 10.

Liberal MLC Michelle Lensink's voice broke as she said: 'Relationships and stability should be encouraged. I have too many gay and lesbian friends not to support [the motion] on their behalf'.

Sponsor of the Bill, Labor MLC Gerry Kandelaars, who has a gay daughter said:

June 20, 2013

Yesterday South Australia's upper house showed approval of New Zealand's same-sex marriage law, today the lower house vote on legislation

The state of South Australia's upper house passed a motion yesterday to congratulate New Zealand on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Two members of the Liberal party joined Labor MLCs (Members of the Legislative Council) and others to support the motion which was passed 11 to 10.

Liberal MLC Michelle Lensink's voice broke as she said: 'Relationships and stability should be encouraged. I have too many gay and lesbian friends not to support [the motion] on their behalf'.

Sponsor of the Bill, Labor MLC Gerry Kandelaars, who has a gay daughter said:

June 18, 2013

South Australian politician will introduce motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for achieving marriage equality in the state's upper house tomorrow

While momentum towards same-sex marriage is stalled in Australia (it is unlikely the issue will be revisited before the general election on 14 September), one state has the opportunity to show its support for marriage equality.

Gerry Kandelaars, Labor Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) in South Australia will introduce a motion tomorrow (Wednesday 19 June) calling for the upper house to formally congratulate New Zealand on achieving marriage equality.