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TICKER PRIDE | Hungary further encroach on LGBTIQ+ rights

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As #PrideMonth is celebrated around the world, Hungarian lawmakers pass bills to restrict the rights of Queer people

Hungary has passed sweeping new measures that restrict content related to the rights of LGBTIQ+ people. Particularly, Transgender and Homosexual individuals.

The move comes as Hungary’s leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban ramps up his efforts to diminish the rights of the country’s LGBTIQ+ community in the lead up to next year’s election.

Under the new laws, it will be prohibited to share any content, films or ads with children that ‘encourage’ either homosexuality or sex reassignment.

Officials behind the legislation are conflating the LGBTIQ+ community with paedophilia

Supporters of the legislation have promoted the measures as a way to stamp out paedophilia. However, protesters are calling it LGBTIQ+ discrimination.

Thousands of protesters in Hungary opposed the anti-LGBTIQ+ laws by lining the streets outside parliament in Budapest, demanding action.

Hungary’s national assembly passed the bill with a 157-1 vote. They passed the bill with the full support of the ruling Fidesz party and the right-wing Jobbik party.

One independent parliamentarian voted against the bill, whilst all other opposition members walked out of the vote in protest.

“On this shameful day, the opposition’s place is not in the parliament but on the streets”

Budapest Mayor, GERGELEY Karacsony

Previous to these new laws, the current government redefined marriage in the Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. They also outlawed legal status for transgender people.

In a tweet, Germany’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Michael Roth says “today’s decision in Hungary’s parliament represents another severe state discrimination against LGBTIQ people.”

“This law goes against everything we regard as our common European values. Full solidarity and support for LGBTIQ people in Hungary.”

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Julian Assange’s last stand before extradition

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is allegedly being targeted by the United States government and former President Donald Trump for his role in exposing classified information.

According to Assange’s lawyer, this targeting is a result of the controversial revelations made by WikiLeaks, which have often put the U.S. government in a precarious position.

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Qantas appoints new Chairman amid board renewal

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Qantas Airways has announced significant changes to its board, including the appointment of John Mullen as the new chairman, as part of its ongoing renewal strategy following a tumultuous period for the airline.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra, will assume the role of chairman of Qantas’ board, succeeding Richard Goyder.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra.

Mullen will officially join the board as a non-executive director and chairman-elect on July 1, with plans to take on the chairman’s responsibilities ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in October.

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Dr. Nora Scheinkestel will also join the board as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee effective March 1, 2024.

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Richard Goyder, outgoing chairman of Qantas, remarked that these changes mark a new chapter for the airline following a period of significant challenges, including the early resignation of former CEO Alan Joyce and Goyder’s own decision to step down.

Goyder expressed confidence in Mullen’s ability to lead Qantas into its next phase, citing Mullen’s extensive experience as a director and chairman of large and complex companies, as well as his distinguished executive career in the transport sector both domestically and internationally.

“These changes reflect a new chapter for Qantas, and John brings a wealth of experience that makes him the right choice to lead the national carrier into its next phase,” stated Goyder.

The announcement comes amidst ongoing efforts by Qantas to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its operations to adapt to changing market dynamics.

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Google goes rogue as search engine falls short?

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