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Doug Pollard is a veteran gay journalist, columnist, commentator, and broadcaster specialising in GLBTI issues, based in Melbourne Australia. He often works with Rob Mitchell of the RJM Trust, "We are separate independent and unaffiliated guerilla campaigners and advocates, and the best of mates: nimble, fast-moving, unconventional and above all aiming to drive rapid change", he says.

Labor's Lazy Cop-out on Discrimination Reform


The problem I have with the government's retreat on anti-discrimination is simple: the remnant Sex Discrimination Bill is to be stretched to protect us. Good. No problem in principle. Thanks very much. (Not sure why we couldn't have a standalone LGBTI Rights & Protections Bill of our own, but I'll let that pass for now.) On the surface, a good idea. But . . . .


The people who are most eager to discriminate against us (and single mums, and atheists, and believers in other religions), will continue to have carte blanche to do so without penalty. They are set above the law, by the law. And that is, quite simply, wrong.

What is more, these people are paid public money - our taxes - to discriminate against any taxpayers they don't like. And who are the people, in general, they dislike most? Who do they wish to discriminate against the most? Us. Another wrong.

The proposal now on the table does not even acknowledge, let alone tackle, these wrongs. Instead, it entrenches them. So this is very far from being a 'major' or 'historic' step forward. It cements this officially-sanctioned discrimination into law. Forgive me if that leaves me less than enraptured.

So why have the government left the religious exemptions in place? They don't want to pick a fight with the religious trolls in their own party, like Joe de Bruyn, or in the Coalition, or in the Christian lobby.

They don't want to have to actually WORK to get this through parliament, consulting, cajoling, negotiating and arm-twisting. You know, like they've been doing over a piece of legislation they REALLY want, they're REALLY proud of, they're prepared to take risks for, because they BELIEVE in what they're doing - the media laws.


Yes, it's good that something, however little, has been offered for intersex and trans people. But as Rodney Croome says, this Act is so old and so riddled with religious exemptions that, with them still in place, it is almost meaningless. The least the government could possibly get away with doing, at absolutely no cost to themselves. A cheap, lazy, craven grovel to the Christian right, again.

Because those people REALLY matter to Labor. Unlike us.
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Life on the outer

Just a reminder that this blog now resides at The Stirrer
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The Stirrer


In case you were wondering, I've opened a new site called the stirrer , where you can find all the pearls of wisdom I used to dispense here. I'd like to thank everyone at Orble for hosting me all these years, and I hope whoever takes this blog over from now on has as much fun with it as I have.

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Freshly Doug on Tuesday

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Freshly Doug on Monday

Veteran GLBTIQ  journalist and broadcaster Doug Pollard picks his stories of the day.

FRESHLY DOUG will shortly appear regularly in a new home - watch this site for details.

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Stop Russian Hijack of UN Human Rights


URGENT ACTION UPDATE
ACT NOW TO OPPOSE RUSSIAN RESOLUTION ON TRADITIONAL VALUES: UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AT STAKE!

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Toddler Tantrums

toddler tantrum
Senator Kanti Poysnus-Welles rehearses her speech
A stream of our august parliamentary representatives held their beath, threw themselves to the ground, foamed at the mouth, drummed their heels and screamed till they turned blue.

"I'm not a bigot, I'm not, I'm not, I'm not. You're the bigot, yes you are, you are, say it, say it, gonna make you say it


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NFL Puts AFL to Shame

Chris Kluwe Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe - no, I haven't the faintest idea what a punter does, or anything else about American Football either, but it doesn't matter - is amazing.

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Educating dinosaurs

Aflosaurus Demetriousus

Some dinosaurs were so large and slow that their arses could be eaten half-off before the pain of the first bite got to the dim little brain up the front.

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Oh What A Feeling – Homophobia!

An Open Letter to Toyota

I am writing this to ask you to seriously reconsider your sponsorship of the AFL


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