Australia: parties, federalism and rights agendas

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The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship, 2011, 1, pp. 27 - 43
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In recent decades Australia has seen significant advances in relation to the recognition of LGBTI human rights. Thanks largely to the efforts of movement activists working at all levels of Australian politics, the current picture is a far cry from the criminalization, vilification, and discrimination that characterized relations between LGBTI people and the state in the 1950s and 1960s (Willett 2000: 3-26). Formal legislative protection is comparatively far advanced in terms of relationship recognition and (at state level at least) in terms of antidiscrimination and vilification law. Same-sex relationships now have a status generally equivalent to heterosexual de facto relationships.' This is significant for, in Australia, heterosexual de facto relationships (that is, where unmarried sexual partners have lived together for several years) have a status largely equal to marriage (Millbank 2009: 2, Walker 2007: 110).
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