Bid to wind back Victorian abortion laws fails

The Age, May 25, 2016 – 10:35PM

A push to wind back abortion laws in the Victorian Parliament has failed.

Democratic Labour Party MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins recently introduced a private members’ bill to effectively ban abortions after 24 weeks.

But on Wednesday that bill was defeated 27 votes to 11 in Parliament’s 40-member Legislative Council.

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Royal Commission into Family Violence: LGBTI, ATSI, CALD, Disability, Sex Workers

Royal Commission into Family Violence, March 2016

Volume 5 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report & Recommendations has been released and covers the following populations:


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Older people, Culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Faith communities, LGBTI communities, People with disabilities, Male victims, Rural regional and remote communities, Women in prison, Women working in the sex industry.
The Commission concluded that for people in some of these groups, family violence is less visible and less well understood than family violence in other parts of the Australian community.
While there can be similar dynamics to family violence across all communities, people from these diverse communities can also experience family violence differently.
In addition, some people in these diverse communities face barriers to reporting family violence and in finding appropriate help and support. A comprehensive family violence policy must address these barriers.
The following chapters seek to give specific consideration to the different experiences of people within these communities, and explore their distinct needs.
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Gender Sexuality and Faith toolkit

Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme, Institute of Development Studies, 2016

The Gender, Sexuality and Faith toolkit has been developed with individuals, communities and leaders practising faith. It is a user-friendly, free and interactive resource that seeks to support faith communities and leaders working to promote social justice in relation to gender and sexuality. The toolkit includes resources on:

  • Terminology
  • Key issues
  • Case studies
  • Activities

These resources have been designed for use with faith-based groups, including those of mixed faith, and they are included alongside a wide range of further resources and information produced by others, that people may find useful.

Access toolkit here