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5:03 PM — A New Zealand brewery has withdrawn a marketing campaign which suggested that low-carbohydrate beer is "queer".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.
22nd October 2010
Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9
5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
8th October 2010
Australian LGBT support group wins legal pay-out 9
5:31 PM — A court in the Australian state of Victoria has upheld a complaint from a gay youth support group after a Christian youth camp refused them accommodation, claiming it was against their position on homosexuality.
5th October 2010
Australian lesbian couple expecting quintuplets 3
10:55 AM — A lesbian couple in Australia have revealed that they are expecting quintuplets - against odds of one in 60 million. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 21, already have a one-year-old daughter, Lilly, through donor insemination.
10th September 2010
Comment: The effect of censorware on gay websites 7
2:07 PM — Reports of mobile phone providers blocking access to gay website are no surprise to those who've been following the use of the software which blocks these sites - known as 'censorware' - for more than a decade.
8th September 2010
Australian swimmer keeps underwear deal after ‘homophobic’ comment 11
3:44 PM — The Australian Olympic swimmer who caused controversy with a comment on Twitter last week will keep her underwear deal with Davenport and Sunrice, but lose her Jaguar.
Australian same-sex adoption bill nears final hurdle 4
1:33 PM — Legislative Council votes in favour of new legislation, with a single Parliamentary vote left to decide the bill's fate.
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!''