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AIDS is dead! Long live HIV!

Originally published as a blog post as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, 2014 Is AIDS dead? Could we ever ‘end HIV’? Facilitated by writer Dion Kagan, and featuring long-term AIDS activist Colin Batrouney and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, these were the questions addressed in the provocatively titled session ‘AIDs is Dead! Long Live HIV!’.But what […]

The end of the homosexual or the rebirth of gay liberation: Dennis Altman’s The End of the Homosexual?

The end of the homosexual or the rebirth of gay liberation: Dennis Altman’s The End of the Homosexual?

Orginally published in Crikey 9 August 2013.  In 1971, academic and queer activist Dennis Altman wrote the bookHomosexual: Oppression and Liberation. Positioned between the riots at Stonewall in 1969 and the expansion of the gay liberation movement in the 70s and 80s, Homosexual was in many ways before its time. Altman managed to predict the key trends within […]

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Review: Beyond Denial

A little while ago I posted a piece called Are we wasting our time on denialism. My basic thesis was that most of the energy fighting climate change denialism was wasted energy – energy we could be putting into fighting the fight for good climate policy. Finally getting around to reading the latest copy of The Overland […]

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The alienating myth of leadership

One of the things I noticed about the ALP leadership dramas recently was the complete lack of substance behind the brawl. Even though a number of Government policies have changed quite dramatically since Julia Gillard took charge of the party (the mining tax, welfare, and asylum seekers most importantly), the leadership tensions did not seem […]

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Occupy the Media

It’s been a big week for the media in Australia. After the Government announced a media reform package on Tuesday, News Ltd. declared war. The Daily Telegraph ran a front page story on Wednesday comparing Communications Minister Stephen Conroy with the likes of Stalin, Kim Jong Il, and a number of other dictators. On the […]