21st March 2011
Australian prime minister explains opposition to gay marriage 112
3:25 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she opposes gay marriage because it goes against her upbringing. During an interview with Sky News’s Australian Agenda, she called herself a “cultural traditionalist” who is “on the conservative side in this question".
9th March 2011
Australian presenter sorry for remarks on ‘disgusting’ Mardi Gras marchers 32
1:18 PM — An Australian TV presenter has apologised for remarks he made about Sydney's Mardi Gras festival. Ron Wilson, a presenter for Channel Ten, suggested that some marchers had "crossed the line" into "disgusting".
7th March 2011
Australian lesbian couple welcome quintuplets 12
1:29 PM — A lesbian couple from Australia have become parents to quintuplets. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 22, have entered the record books for the birth, as the chances of conceiving five babies without fertility treatment are 60 million to one.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
Foster’s deny homophobia in new ad 41
1:49 PM — Foster's responded to complaints about their latest ad by saying that to promote homophobia "would be totally unacceptable and it has no place in our business."
4th March 2011
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
3rd March 2011
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
2nd March 2011
Australian Greens unlikely to move on gay marriage 4
5:11 PM — Gay marriage legislation is unlikely to be put forward by authorities in the Australia's smallest territory, despite similar moves by larger states.
8th February 2011
Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10
4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.
4th February 2011
Study suggests immune system treatment for HIV 3
3:58 PM — A study on mice with an HIV-like infection found that boosting their immune systems cured them of the disease. Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia said their findings could help develop drugs to help people rid their bodies of infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.
10th January 2011
McDonalds blocks access to gay support websites in New Zealand 18
6:25 AM — Fast food chain McDonalds has been accused of censoring gay news and support websites in New Zealand from its free wifi service. The hamburger giant blocks access to GayNZ, a New Zealand equivialent of PinkNews.co.uk as well as a number of LGBT support groups.
28th December 2010
Court rules that religious charities are free to ban gay couples from adopting in Australia 30
12:02 AM — Religious charities have been cleared to ban gay couples from adopting children in New South Wales, Australia after a landmark court ruling.
20th December 2010
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
9th December 2010
New Zealand brewery’s ‘beers for queers’ ad backfires 8
5:03 PM — A New Zealand brewery has withdrawn a marketing campaign which suggested that low-carbohydrate beer is "queer". Moa Beers planned to give away t-shirts which said "Low Carb Beers", with a pink 'Q' superimposed over the letter 'B' to read "Qeers".
29th November 2010
Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14
4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.
22nd November 2010
Australian Greens predict legal gay marriage as poll shows majority support 7
2:58 PM — The Australian Green party is predicting that gay marriage will soon become law as a poll shows 57 per cent of the public are in favour of the change. Of the 37 per cent who were against the change, 16 per cent were opposed and 21 per cent were strongly opposed.
18th November 2010
Portia won’t be interviewed by male journalists 47
5:27 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been accused of discrimination after refusing to be interviewed by male journalists. The actress is currently promoting her memoir Unbearable Lightness but has only agreed to be interviewed by women.
Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4
12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.
9th November 2010
Australian lesbian couple banned from school ball 13
3:09 PM — A teenage lesbian couple in Australia are changing schools after they were barred from attending a ball together. Hannah Williams, 16, wanted to take her girlfriend Savannah Supski, also 16, to the event at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne but the Year 11 student was told she could only attend the ball with a boy.
8th November 2010
‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6
5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.