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March 10, 2014

A far-right Catholic group is sending pamphlets to voters in the Australian state of Tasmania ahead of its state election – but the group sending them isn’t even from that state

A far-right Catholic group appears to be trying to influence the results of the Tasmanian state election – sending hand signed pamphlets to voters across that state - though the group is from a different state altogether.

The group behind the pamphlets is the Australian Traditional Families Property Bureau and has previously published publications including the anti-abortion ‘The Womb becomes a tomb: are we sacrificing to Moloch?’ and ‘Our Lady at Fátima: Prophecies of Tragedy or Hope?’

January 14, 2014

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will consider joining Victoria and Tasmania in wiping convictions of men charged with having adult gay sex before it was decriminalized

The Australian state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory may follow Victoria and Tasmania in quashing historical convictions for gay sex before it was legalized.

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

January 13, 2014

The state of Tasmania will follow Victoria in becoming the second Australian state to wipe records of convictions for consensual adult gay sex from before its decriminalization

All of Australia’s major political parties have united behind a proposal to expunge the criminal records of men convicted of adult consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state of Tasmania and an apology for the state's former anti-gay laws.

Liberal leader, Will Hodgman, who polls show is likely to be state premier after the upcoming state election told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier today he supports the proposal in principle.

October 29, 2013

The Tasmanian state Upper House has refused to revive debate on a bill allowing same-sex marriage at a state level despite getting advice from constitutional lawyers they themselves had acknowledged as experts

The Upper House of the Australian state of Tasmania voted eight to six this afternoon to not revive debate on a bill allowing same-sex marriage that has already been passed in the Lower House.

October 16, 2013

A decision on whether to have another vote on same-sex marriage in the Tasmanian Upper House has been pushed back two weeks after opponents of the reform failed to provide their legal advice in advance of a briefing for Upper House members

A debate to decide whether to take another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian state of Tasmania has been postponed for two weeks after opponents of the reform failed to provide their legal advice to members of the state Upper House in advance as they had been asked to do.

Former Liberal senator and spokesman for the Save Marriage Coalition instead merely attended a briefing for Upper House MPs where he told them that if they passed the law it would defeated in the High Court of Australia.

October 10, 2013

An investigation of legal issues around allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state of Tasmania has found that there are no legal barriers to Australian states doing so while a ban on same-sex marriage exists nationally

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has advised that there are no legal barriers to stop Australian states from marrying same-sex couples while an Australian federal government ban on same-sex marriage remains in place.

The institute gave the advice in a report it has compiled to address concerns raised by members of the Tasmanian Legislative Council as to whether states even had the power to pass laws on marriage since the passing of Australia’s national Marriage Act in 1961.

August 21, 2013

Tasmania’s Upper House of state parliament has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited offensive homophobic materials just a day after the Australian postal service confiscated 38,000 extreme anti-gay election flyers in the state

LGBT rights activists in the Australian state of Tasmania have been floored by a decision by the state’s Upper House to block a new provision to the state's Anti-Discrimination Act to prohibit offensive and humiliating conduct on the grounds of sexual orientation.

August 20, 2013

An extremist homophobic election pamphlet which was to be sent to the homes of 38,000 people in the Australian state of Tasmania has been seized by the post office

An election flyer that repeatedly refers to gay men as sodomites and claims that nearly all same-sex couples molest their own children has been seized by Australia Post and its author is most likely to be hauled before an anti-discrimination tribunal.

Independent candidate Andrew Roberts who is running to try to become a senator for Tasmania, had planned to send the pamphlet to 38,000 Tasmanian homes, but when senior staff at Australia Post became aware of its contents they stopped it from being distributed.

June 27, 2013

The last Australian state to legalize homosexuality, and the first to introduce civil unions, has voted to allow same-sex couples to adopt non-biological children for the first time

LGBT rights advocates in the Australian state of Tasmania have welcomed the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

Since 2003 gays and lesbians in Tasmania could adopt their partner’s children but the new law now allows same-sex couples without biological children of their own to adopt children.

June 8, 2013

The last Australian state to decriminalize same-sex marriage has pledged to continue to spend $50,000 a year for at least the next three years on projects to eliminate anti-LGBT hate

The Tasmanian Government has renewed its commitment to supporting the LGBT and intersex communities and fighting discrimination and prejudice with $150,000 in funding over three years to continue its LGBTI Grants Program.

Tasmania’s Minister for Community Development, Cassy O’Connor, told a Budget Estimates hearing on Wednesday that the state’s 2013-14 State Budget would continue to fund Tasmania’s LGBTI Grants Program.

June 6, 2013

Australian marriage equality advocates have condemned the vandalizing of an anti-gay marriage billboard in the town of Wynyard, Tasmania, just days after it was erected

Australian marriage equality advocates have condemned the vandalism of an anti-marriage equality billboard in Wynyard, Tasmania, as well as the business signs of the man behind the billboard, sign maker Graham Hodge.

Hodge had put up an anti-marriage equality sign in April without planning permission but was forced to take it down.

June 5, 2013

The owner of a business whose building had a homophobic billboard erected on it is fighting to have it taken down

The owner of a business who lease a building that a homophobic billboard has been erected on is fighting to have it taken down.

Darrell Keegan, owner of the TopShop tobacconist store in Wynyard, Tasmania told The Advocate newspaper that he was appalled that no one had consulted him before erecting the billboard.

‘I'm annoyed it hasn't been taken down,’ Keegan told The Advocate, ‘It is offensive to some people.’

June 5, 2013

The owner of a business whose building had a homophobic billboard erected on it is fighting to have it taken down

The owner of a business who lease a building that a homophobic billboard has been erected on is fighting to have it taken down.

Darrell Keegan, owner of the TopShop tobacconist store in Wynyard, Tasmania told The Advocate newspaper that he was appalled that no one had consulted him before erecting the billboard.

‘I'm annoyed it hasn't been taken down,’ Keegan told The Advocate, ‘It is offensive to some people.’

June 4, 2013

A man who owns a sign making business has erected a second anti-same-sex marriage billboard in the Australian state of Tasmania just months after another one was ordered to be taken down by his local council

A man who was ordered by his local council to remove an anti-gay marriage billboard from the side of a road in north-western Tasmania has erected another one with the assistance of local church groups.

Graham Hodge erected the first sign in April near the town of Wynyard which depicted a male symbol and a female symbol and an equals sign with two rings but was ordered to take it down by Burnie City Council after it was discovered that Hodge had no approval to erect the sign.

May 20, 2013

Trans rights advocate Martine Delany is recovering in hospital after a heart attack on pitch during a game for Tasmania's women's league

A transgender woman is recovering in hospital in Hobart, Tasmania after she had a heart attack on the football pitch.

Martine Delaney is a reserve striker for Tilford Zebras' women's team who play in the state's women's league.

Delaney, 55, was saved by teammate Kate Chambers who performed CPR at the KGV Oval in Glenorchy.

May 20, 2013

Trans rights advocate Martine Delany is recovering in hospital after a heart attack on pitch during a game for Tasmania's women's league

A transgender woman is recovering in hospital in Hobart, Tasmania after she had a heart attack on the football pitch.

Martine Delaney is a reserve striker for Tilford Zebras' women's team who play in the state's women's league.

Delaney, 55, was saved by teammate Kate Chambers who performed CPR at the KGV Oval in Glenorchy.

May 6, 2013

Despite a campaign to make local election all about marriage equality, anti-gay-marriage candidates win all three contested seats in Australian state of Tasmania

Two candidates who voted against gay marriage in last year's Upper House vote in Tasmania won their seats in a local election yesterday. The third victor has also said she would vote against a state same-sex marriage bill.

May 2, 2013

Voters who go to the polls in three divisions in Tasmania on Saturday are urged to vote for marriage equality

Tasmania Gay & Lesbian Rights Group are trying to make this Saturday's election for the state's Upper House all about marriage equality.

The gay rights group are anxious to vote-out the Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage last September.

Voters will choose new MLCs in the electoral divisions of Nelson, Pembroke and Montgomery.

May 1, 2013

Flyer displaying statistics on gay and straight life expectancy described as 'hateful and scurrilous' by state electoral commissioner

Over three-thousand flyers displaying statistics showing that gay people have a lower life expectancy than straight people have been distributed in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart ahead of a key gay marriage vote this Saturday.

State electoral commissioner Julian Type described the flyers as 'hateful and scurrilous' and said they could be a breach of the Electoral Act because they are not authorized.

The flyers are not attributed to any particular group or political party, and only have a cryptic email address as a clue to who made them.

April 23, 2013

Man describes self-made sign as reflective of his ‘Christian opinion’

An anti-gay marriage sign has caused outrage in the northwestern coastal town of Wynyard, Tasmania.

The sign, which was put up next to a busy main road, depicted the male and female gender symbols next to two wedding rings.

Speaking to The Advocate in Australia, Graham Hodge, the man who made and put up the sign, described marriage equality as ‘a complete misnomer’. 

April 23, 2013

Man describes self-made sign as reflective of his ‘Christian opinion’

An anti-gay marriage sign has caused outrage in the northwestern coastal town of Wynyard, Tasmania.

The sign, which was put up next to a busy main road, depicted the male and female gender symbols next to two wedding rings.

Speaking to The Advocate in Australia, Graham Hodge, the man who made and put up the sign, described marriage equality as ‘a complete misnomer’. 

April 9, 2013

Tasmania’s Lower House has approved a bill giving same-sex couples and unmarried straight couples the right to adopt on the same basis as married heterosexual couples

LGBT rights advocates in the Australian state of Tasmania have welcomed overwhelming support in its Lower House of Parliament for the passage of legislation removing a ban on adoption by same-sex couples, saying it is in the best interests of children.

This afternoon the Tasmanian Lower House voted 18 to 4 to allow same-sex couples to be assessed as potential adoptive parents on the same basis as other couples.

March 28, 2013

Same-sex marriage could be debated again in Tasmanian parliament, after a narrow defeat of a bill in the Upper House last year

A Tasmanian Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) has tabled a motion to bring back a Same-Sex Marriage Bill to the state parliament.

Six months ago Tasmania's Upper House rejected a bill proposing to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state, after it had passed in the Lower House.

Today independent MLC Ruth Forrest tabled a motion to bring back the Bill. If the motion is supported the Bill could be debated again later in the year.