Dean Smith on the pros and risks of new religious freedom protections.
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Western Australia Liberal Senator Dean Smith is a man of forthright opinions, not afraid to take on fights within his party.
As the Ruddock review of religious freedom is about to report, we need a more sophisticated understanding of what religion is and the ways its expression can be curtailed - or can curtail others.
Nearly 40 percent of voters in Costa Rica supported an anti-gay evangelical for president. Maybe progressive Costa Rica is more like its troubled neighboring countries than it once seemed.
The government's review of religious freedom protections must ensure that any additional protection of religious freedom does not further undermine the right to non-discrimination.
On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978.
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On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. I was one of them.
A country with a questionable stance on LGBTI+ rights is again hosting the Winter Olympics.
Even though more than half of Australia's Christians are in favour of marriage equality, churches have been slow to allow it – here's why.
One day the violence and discrimination will be finished in Asia and throughout our region – but in the meantime, there is a need for heroes.
Conservatives are often critical of 'identity politics' for silencing dissenting views. But on ABC's Q&A on Monday night Malcolm Turnbull presented a very narrow vision of national identity.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian poltiics.
The drawn-out process of Australia legalising marriage equality has finally come to a close, with a bill passing the lower house by an overwhelming majority on Thursday.
Leaving young people to figure sexuality and sex out themselves could result in ill-informed decision-making, and withholds knowledge that is their right to have.
The first same-sex weddings will be celebrated early in the new year after the historic change to the marriage law passed the House of Representatives with only four MPs voting against.
Australia legalising marriage equality does not necessarily mean LGBTI people enjoy all of the same human rights as heterosexual people.
Same-sex marriage has passed the Senate to much fanfare and celebration. But will its passage change the way we think about human rights and democracy in Australia?
Politics Podcast: Matt Canavan on divorce in the LNP and discipline in the Coaliton.
Nationals cabinet minister Matt Canavan doesn't agree that breaking up the Queensland LNP would solve any problems politically.
The same-sex marriage bill has passed the Senate, after all the amendments to insert protections and restrictions were voted down.
Labor has announced it will not support any amendments to the Dean Smith same-sex marriage bill, including an amendment proposed by George Brandis. Here's why it is right to do so.
Former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed by Malcolm Turnbull to do a 'stocktake' of Australia's religious freedoms.
Malcolm Turnbull's tactic of cancelling the House of Representatives' sitting next week is a short-sighted decision that smacks of lack of nerve.