Australia’s introduction of marriage equality has seen us rise to the eighth-highest ranked democracy in the world.
The change represents a turnaround from several years of slipping in the rankings on issues such as economic management and global citizenship, according to Crikey.
Australia is now ranked behind only Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Canada.
The Intelligence Unit’s report said that while both Australia and Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage last year, “the [LGBTI] community continues to face significant difficulties in other parts of Asia”.
Australia is now one of 19 “full democracies”—countries deemed to have secure political freedoms, respect for civil liberties, diverse and independent media, and an incorruptible judiciary.
Our overall score on the index is 9.09, back to where it was in 2006 when the index began. The lowest was 9.01, between 2014 and 2016.
Indonesia fared the worst in this year’s rankings, dropping from 48th to 68th position.
Human rights abuses against LGBTI people in Indonesia have been increasing, with public floggings of gay men, arrests made at saunas, and trans women attempting to flee the country after mistreatment by police.
Greens senator Janet Rice this week wrote to Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, condemning the treatment of LGBTI people in Indonesia and urging her to take action with the Indonesian Ambassador.
For the second year, the United States did not make the list of “full democracies”.