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RUOK? That simple question will be on the lips of thousands of Australians today. Each year on the second Thursday in September people are urged to connect with family, friends and colleagues to help anyone who may be struggling with life’s problems or mental health issues. According to ABS data, 3027 people died by suicide …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is one of 24 Coalition MPs to sign a statement urging Australians to vote “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Guardian reported the statement is signed by Liberal and National MPs and senators including cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Kelly O’Dwyer, Darren Chester, Greg Hunt, Josh …

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With the same-sex marriage debate in full swing, on Monday night Q&A raised the question of whether marriage has any place in society at all. With rising divorce rates, should we discontinue our focus on marriage and instead focus on relationships and commitment? Philosopher AC Grayling said the legal institution of marriage is very sexist …

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A new video from Australian Marriage Equality encouraging Australians to talk to their relatives about same-sex marriage is a real tearjerker. In the video a woman named Lisa, who is in a relationship with a woman named Hayley, calls her grandma to talk to her about something she’s never talked about before: same-sex marriage. “It’s …

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The High Court of Australia has ruled that the month’s same-sex marriage postal survey is constitutional and will go ahead as planned. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will begin mailing out survey forms with the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” from September 12, with all 16 million forms …

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An Adelaide musician’s musical open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the issue of marriage equality has gone viral on social media. The 22-year-old recorded the song “Dear Malcolm Turnbull” with a group of volunteer musicians and posted it to his Facebook page, where it’s been viewed more than 103,000 times in less than …

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The High Court will today begin hearing a legal challenge to the validity of the federal government’s postal survey on same-sex marriage. There are two groups of challengers – the first is led by Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, PFLAG’s Shelley Argent and Rainbow Families Victoria’s Felicity Marlowe. The second group is the Human Rights …

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A landmark Australian study has found transgender young people are at high risk for suicide and are approximately 10 times more likely than other young Australians to experience serious depression and anxiety. Trans Pathways, by the Telethon Kids Institute, is the largest ever survey conducted into the mental health of Australian trans youth and the …

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A petition launched to deregister a doctor who appeared in a TV ad for the same-sex marriage “No” campaign has been taken down for breaching host website CommunityRun’s terms and conditions. Sydney GP Dr Pansy Lai was one of three mothers who appeared in the Marriage Coalition advertisement, voicing concerns about the effects of legalising …

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Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

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