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18 September 2017 11:39 PM ‘It’s not okay to be homophobic’: Canberra contractor sacked for ‘vote no’ Facebook post

BUSINESS owner Madlin Sims noticed her staff member was against same-sex marriage. She reacted by firing them. Madlin Sims, who runs a party entertainment company in Canberra, said she was taking a stand on the issue, likening it to employing a staff member who posted racist material online. The sacked contractor was a woman who took photos of events 31

14 September 2017 3:01 AM Parliament's portrait of a woman by woman

In her own words, Anna Burke is as artistic as a dead chook. So it's just as well the former House of Representatives Speaker enlisted Sydney artist Jude Rae to paint her official portrait for Parliament House. It's the first in the official collection of a female subject by a female artist. Ms Burke, who was a Deputy Speaker and Speaker during the tumultuous 13

12 September 2017 3:56 AM Gay marriage postal survey hits mailboxes as new poll shows ‘Yes’ vote set for victory

AUSSIES will face harsh penalties for violating new rules in the gay marriage postal vote campaign as a teen boy with two mums made an emotional plea. Both sides of the campaign will receive protections under the new safeguards, which would make it an offence to vilify, intimidate or threaten to harm another person based on their gender identity, sexual 67

11 September 2017 11:58 PM New same-sex marriage poll a relief for yes campaign

YES campaigners were left reeling by a poll that showed lower support for gay marriage. A new, and eagerly awaited, poll has just been published. On Tuesday, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll showed 70 per cent of those who intended to take part in the same-sex marriage postal survey will vote in favour of allowing gay couples to wed. Ballots for the postal vote will be sent out from Tuesday 40

10 September 2017 2:18 PM NSW local government elections: counting continues in 46 electorates

A FORMER Liberal minister has been voted mayor of Hornsby, amid big swings to Labor in this weekend’s council elections. Find out how your area voted. He was in Ryde where Jerome Laxale has become the new Labor mayor, snatching the job from the Liberals. “What we saw yesterday across NSW was the Liberals received a hiding,” Mr Foley told reporters 79

9 September 2017 12:08 AM New poll has support for same sex marriage in Australia falling

THIS is the last thing supporters of same-sex marriage will want to hear just days before the ballots are posted. The research was conducted for supporters of same-sex marriage and was completed before the High Court decision to allow the two-month survey to go ahead. The number of people who said they would vote “yes” has fallen six percentage points 47

7 September 2017 8:22 AM High Court of Australia’s gay marriage postal vote decision

THE High Court’s decision to dismiss a challenge against the postal vote has been met with mixed reaction as Bill Shorten warns of a ‘booby trap’. The full bench of the High Court has this afternoon ruled the $122 million postal vote to be conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics can go ahead. However, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has warned 62

6 September 2017 4:54 PM Majority of Sydney University staff reject offer to vote on salary agreement

A majority of University of Sydney staff have voted against taking part in a formal vote on the university management's pay and conditions offer. In a letter to staff, Dr Spence said 4349 staff voted, representing 39 per cent of those who were eligible. Of those, 2659 staff (61 per cent) said they did not want to participate in a formal vote on the university's 13 1

3 September 2017 7:52 AM Support for New Zealand's Labour jumps ahead of election but lags behind National, poll shows

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Support for New Zealand’s opposition Labour party jumped six points, according to a Newshub poll released on Sunday, showing the centre-left party lags the governing National party ahead of elections but is threatening its decade-long hold on power. National slipped 1.1 points to 43.3 percent, while Labour hit 39.4 percent, after 12

1 September 2017 1:34 PM Kenya's president 'disagrees' with ruling to overturn poll, but 'respects it'

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Friday that he disagreed with a Supreme Court decision invalidating his re-election and calling for fresh elections, but vowed to respect it. "I personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today but I respect it," he said, adding that he believed the six judges had "decided that they will go against the will of the people 38