7th September 2010
Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice loses Jaguar contract over ‘homophobic’ Twitter comment 21
11:01 AM — Australian Olympic swimming champion Stephanie Rice has been dropped by Jaguar, with whom she had a sponsorship agreement, following her homophobic Twitter comment last Saturday.
6th September 2010
Olympic medallist Stephanie Rice apologises for homophobic tweet 22
5:33 PM — Australian Olympic swimming gold medallist Stephanie Rice has apologised for a homophbic message posted on the social media platform Twitter. Following the Wallabies' win over South Africa on Saturday, Ms Rice tweeted: ''Suck on that faggots!''
2nd September 2010
Gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham urges footballers to come out 8
3:22 PM — Gay Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham has encouraged gay Australian Football League (AFL) players to feel safe and open about their sexuality.
Australian school drops ‘gay’ from Kookaburra song 7
10:51 AM — An Australian school has been criticised for dropping the word 'gay' from a children song. Garry Martin, the head of Lepage Primary in Melbourne, said that he replaced the word with 'fun' to avoid children rolling around on the floor in "fits of laughter".
31st August 2010
Tasmanian LGBT activists welcome recognition of Interstate and overseas same-sex unions 6
3:52 PM — Legislation has been passed by the State Lower House in Tasmania which will allow same-sex couples in interstate or overseas unions to be automatically recognised under Tasmanian law without the need to re-register their status.
Australian same-sex adoption bill debate heats up 7
11:28 AM — Approximately 200 people were present in Sydney's New South Wales (NSW) Parliament House earlier today for a Council of Churches meeting and a public protest against the same-sex adoption bill.
25th August 2010
Lobby groups in New South Wales react against gay adoption rights bill 3
12:04 PM — Lobby groups in the Australian state of New South Wales are reportedly coming out against the country's upcoming parliamentary debate and conscience vote on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children.
24th August 2010
Australian Sex Party does well at polls 6
12:33 PM — The Australian Sex Party, which calls for sex education in schools and is in favour of gay marriage, has performed well in the country's general election.
20th August 2010
Gay marriage becomes election issue as Australia goes to the polls 17
4:53 PM — Australia's general election will be held tomorrow and marriage equality has become an unexpected hot issue. Both prime minister Julia Gillard and her opponent Tony Abbott, of the centre-right Liberal Party, have been challenged on their positions in the last week.
18th August 2010
First regular gay character for Neighbours
1:23 PM — Neighbours has got its first gay regular gay character. Recent Ramsay Street addition Chris Pappas, played by James Mason, came out in an episode earlier this month.
12th August 2010
Australian man finally jailed for 19-year-old gay murder
4:24 PM — An Australian man who murdered Ecudorian Felipe Flores in Sydney back in 1991, has been jailed for a minimum of eleven-and-a-half years.
11th August 2010
Family First’s Wendy Francis ‘sorry’ for hurting gay families but stands by views 16
2:22 PM — Wendy Francis, the Australian Family First candidate who tweeted that gay marriage was "emotional child abuse", has issued a statement clarifying her remarks. She caused outrage at the weekend by criticising gay parents.
9th August 2010
Australian senate candidate Wendy Francis says gay marriage is ‘emotional child abuse’ 51
12:07 PM — A Queensland senate contender in Australia has provoked outrage by calling gay marriage "child abuse" which will lead to "uncontrollable depression and suicide".
29th July 2010
MP Angela Eagle defends Australian lesbian minister’s opposition to gay marriage 35
6:21 PM — Labour MP Angela Eagle has defended an Australian lesbian politician for publicly opposing equal marriage. Ms Eagle, who was the only out lesbian in parliament until this year, said that Australian Labor politicianPenny Wong should be commended for her previous record on gay rights.
27th July 2010
Gay Australian cabinet minister Penny Wong comes out against gay marriage 38
1:34 PM — The first openly gay cabinet minister in Australia has claimed that she has suffered discrimination but refused to support gay marriage.
21st July 2010
Australian film festival bans gay zombie porn film 16
12:16 PM — An Australian film festival has banned a film about gay zombies engaging in necrophilia. LA Zombie, a film made by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce, is the first film to be banned from Melbourne International Film Festival in seven years.
9th July 2010
Australia delays plans to block ‘inappropriate’ websites 25
4:57 PM — Australia will delay plans to block "inappropriate" websites, including gay porn sites, the government's communications minister has said. Stephen Conroy said the public needed to have more confidence about which websites would be on the blacklist.
30th June 2010
Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard confirms she’s against gay marriage 30
2:54 PM — Julia Gillard, the new prime minister of Australia, has confirmed she does not support gay marriage. Speaking today, she told the Austereo show that Labor policy on the issue would remain the same while she was prime minister.
24th June 2010
New Australian PM Julia Gillard is no fan of same-sex marriage 30
4:26 PM — Julia Gillard took over today as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd's withdrawal from the leadership of the Australian Labor [sic] party. Ms Gillard, who will be officially sworn in next week, has been described as a committed and savvy politician by pundits, but, apparently, is no fan of gay marriage.
Australian politician introduces same-sex adoption bill 2
11:03 AM — Independent Australian MP Clover Moore introduced a same-sex adoption bill on Thursday. New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, said she plans to allow a conscience vote on the bill.