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Australian Coat of Arms A proposed pro-discrimination bill which was recently defeated in Victorian state Parliament was reintroduced when the Liberal Party used its numbers to suspend Parliamentary procedure. The bill passed by one vote and is now just one session away from becoming law.

The legislation would allow ‘faith-based’ schools, hospitals and businesses – subsidised with public funds – to discriminate against would-be users of those facilities based on such things as sexual- and religious-orientation, gender, marital status and so on; while still receiving public funding to operate.

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The who with the what now? So, the Syrian government re-enabled access to various social media Web-sites for Syrian citizens with the stated hope that ‘young, connected people will “combat opposition” to the regime, rather than enhance it’.

Only some downright skullduggery seems to actually be taking place instead.

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May 11 2011

The United States Bill of Rights Citizenship is an interesting tripartite concept, which involves protection, participation, and obligation. How that all interacts with virtual worlds in the 21st Century is something of a perennial topic.

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An Australian student in Victoria recently contacted his local Member for Parliament, newly elected Geoff Shaw, in order to raise concerns about proposed anti-discrimination legislation. The legislation would allow church-operated schools, hospitals and businesses – subsidised with public funds – to discriminate against would-be users of those facilities based on such things as sexual- and religious-orientation, gender, marital status and so on; while still receiving public monies to operate.

“I’m 20 in a week. I’m able to vote. I want to work, live and love freely during the course of my life, and I want to do that without thinking that I can’t,” wrote the student in a letter to Shaw.

His representative’s reply left him deeply offended and has attracted the ire of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

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