A weekend of campaigning

It’s a fair while since it was announced that I was contesting the House of Reps seat of Brisbane for the Greens at the upcoming federal election.  Since then, I’ve spent a fair bit of time preparing the foundations for that campaign, as well as working within the party on our overall campaign in Queensland. […]

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Same Sex: same old discrimination

At the end of June, the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission released the final report from their nationwide inquiry into discrimination against people in same sex relationships, entitled “Same Sex: Same Entitlements.” It provided two simple recommendations on how to remove the discrimination which currently exists at a national level, including detailing 58 different […]

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Mardi Gras and law reform

I’m attending the Mardi Gras parade tonight for the first time in a few years. I’ve been plenty of times in the past, and I’ve always found it a very up beat, positive occasion. There has been a lot of progress towards equality and acceptance over the decades since the Mardi Gras started. It is […]

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Legal Recognition of same sex relationships

The federal government’s decision to overturn the ACT government’s law allowing civil recognition of same sex relationships is also causing some concern in Liberal ranks. To date, the main public concern has been voiced by ACT Senator Gary Humphries. Senator Humphries is usually seen as being more on the morally conservative side of the spectrum, […]

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Unarmed truth

After getting back from Canberra last weekend, I went to a dinner to mark the retirement of Tony Kelly, one of my lecturers from when I studied Social Work at the University of Queensland. His focus is community development, which is something I always felt was linked to but separate from most aspects of the […]

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Mardi Gras

Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was held last weekend and it was the first time in about 7 years that I didn’t attend to march in the parade. The Democrats have had a presence in the parade for many years to show support for equality for all people regardless of their sexuality or […]

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