Personal Safety and Personal Freedom

Back in January of 2011, a police officer from Toronto got up to deliver what he thought was an important safety message. His message echoed around the world: “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”. I think the reason the police officer said what he did is that he had ...

Why not Civil Unions?

Warren Entsch wants to bring in civil unions instead of same-sex marriage. On the face of it, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea to many listeners – the religious lobby will stop objecting, and gay people get their recognition. Bam! Problem solved. Except that it isn’t, and I’d like to tell you why. The ...

Gay Rights: Why Straight People Should Care

This is a re-post of a note I put up on my Facebook. Please feel free to link it about, or send a copy to your local politician. See also my Open Letter to Wendy Francis. I’m sure plenty of people have noticed that I sometimes harp on about gay rights. You might wonder why; after ...

Open Letter to Wendy Francis

This is an open letter which I have sent to Wendy Francis, a senate candidate for Family First in the 2010 federal election. In case you don’t recognise the name, she is the one who said those nasty things about gay couples on her twitter account. If you feel strongly about the issue (one way ...

The hole’s too deep! Keep digging!

There has been a lot of rhetoric from both sides of the Australian Web Filter debate, and I can see from reading comments on stories like this one that a lot of people have bought in to many of the untruths out there. So here are some truths (“truthiness” being determined by my own views and opinions), ...