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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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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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Apr 9 2011

Headscarfed soldiers graduating ceremony of the Afghan National Army Bitmob has a (slightly ungrammatical) piece on “The five worst excuses for leaving out a female character option.”

I was asked: “OP is talking about violent FPS, and equality there is not something all that good. Inclusion to be shot at and killed?”

Well, yes.

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Not so many years ago at a linux.conf.au conference, a presenter – from a large, and successful commercial business – made a shocking arse of himself during a presentation.

You see there was a woman in the front row of the audience, who – though her technical skills and accomplishments far eclipsed those of the presenter – was interested in the topic.

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