28th April 2009
Australian government rejects civil unions 13
5:06 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has rejected a proposal that civil unions should be offered to gay couples. A government spokesperson stated that the decision “reflects the widely held view in the community that marriage is between a man and a woman”.
23rd April 2009
There is nothing shameful about being gay says Wolverine 10
10:45 AM — Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has said he isn't gay. The 40-year-old's latest movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens in UK cinemas next week.
17th April 2009
Olympics winner: ‘Being gay cost me sponsorships’ 18
10:29 AM — Matthew Mitcham, the Australian diver who won the ten-metre platform gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, has said he believes he lost sponsorship deals due to being openly gay.
29th March 2009
Australian broacaster “censored” lesbian kiss on Home and Away 12
4:40 PM — The Australian broadcasting network Seven have allegedly censored a lesbian kiss due to be shown during its soap opera Home and Away.
27th March 2009
Melbourne Catholic Church to ‘test’ potential priests for homosexuality 35
11:12 AM — Melbourne Catholic Church has confirmed it is following Vatican recommendations to test would-be priests to ensure they are not gay. The head of the Vatican committee which released the guidelines has also stated that celibate gays must also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’
20th March 2009
Australian government to ‘block’ gay websites 15
5:20 PM — A blacklist of banned websites drawn up by the Australian government includes gay sites. The government is proposing a law that requires internet service providers to filter and block inappropriate content, such as that related to terrorism and abusive images of children. It has drawn up a list of sites to be blacklisted.
10th March 2009
Home and Away to introduce lesbian romance 9
2:41 PM — Australian soap Home and Away is set to show a lesbian relationship. The storyline will see tough policewoman Charlie Buckton, played by actor Esther Anderson, falling in love with Joey Collins, played by Kate Bell, who works on a trawler.
8th March 2009
Review: Party not politics follows Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade 2
3:35 PM — The Mardi Gras parade concluded its successful 31st year last night with the Mardi Gras Party 2009 at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter. People lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to 10 hours of partying in 7 extravagant venues. The party was headlined by International DJs Paul Oakenfold and The Freemasons.
Review: 300,000 people party to celebrate Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade 2
3:28 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Australia Correspondent, Emma Cullingford reports from Sydney on the city's Mardi Gras parade, one of the largest in the world.
5th March 2009
Preview: Sydney Mardi Gras promises to be sunny despite economic gloom 2
5:17 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Australia Correspondent Emma Cullingford previews this weekend's Mardi Gras and explores the impact of the global economic downturn on the pride event.
2nd March 2009
Australian human rights consultation to focus on homophobia 2
6:14 PM — A National Human Rights Consultation meeting in Sydney next month will offer a "once in a generation" chance to tackle discrimination against LGBT people in Australia.
23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
20th February 2009
Gay Olympic hero to become men’s health ‘ambassador’ 5
1:52 PM — He may still be waiting for big name sponsors to beat a path to his door, but Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been asked to take up an important role in his home country.
3rd February 2009
Prime Minister to attend New Zealand gay family picnic 3
2:48 PM — The Prime Minister of New Zealand is among the country's political leaders who have confirmed they will attend the Big Gay Out family picnic day in Auckland this weekend.
2nd February 2009
Gay judge who made history retires from Australian bench 1
4:32 PM — The first openly gay person to become a High Court judge in Australia has retied after 13 years on the bench. The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby was praised at a farewell ceremony in Canberra earlier today.
30th January 2009
Olympian Ian Thorpe ‘draws a line’ under gay innuendos 10
2:43 PM — One of Australia's best-known sporting heroes has issued a statement after press speculation about the nature of his relationship with a fellow swimmer.
16th January 2009
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.
6th January 2009
Judge warns Australian teen of danger from “ugly, hairy men” in prison 6
12:07 PM — A magistrate in Australia has tried to warn a teenager off a life of crime by giving him a stark assessment of life in prison.
2nd January 2009
Man becomes Australia’s first recognised gay war widow after 10 year struggle 3
2:27 PM — Sydney pensioner Edward Young has won a decade-long legal battle to receive his deceased partner's pension.
30th December 2008
Australian equality act inquiry could be delayed until 2011 1
2:01 PM — An Australian Senate committee has recommended an inquiry into the need for an equality act banning homophobic or transphobic discrimination, following complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The AHRC is currently unable to protect the LGBT community fully as federal protections do not cover homophobia in the media or commercial services as other forms of discrimination are.