#MarriageEquality in 2019: @burgewords says just you wait and see






After you’ve done all the lobbying, it seems what you have to do in Australia to achieve LGBTIQ equality, is wait. MARRIAGE Equality will be legislated in Australia no sooner than 2019. I know many will fly into a rage about that assertion, but let’s get real for a few moments: the current Coalition will never independently instigate […]






Refugee activists occupy Immigration offices to #BringThemHere #Melbourne – @takvera






In a snap action refugee activists called a rally on short notice in Melbourne followed by a march and civil disobedient occupation of Commonwealth immigration offices. Online reporting by John Englart. [View the story “Refugee activists occupy Immigation offices to #BringThemHere #Melbourne” on Storify]






Gallery: Melbourne Refugee Sanctuary rally calls out to #LetThemStay by @takvera






Thousands of people rallied as part of the refugee sanctuary movement in Melbourne on Monday. Our citizen journalist John Englart was there to capture on photo the rally and the many posters present. The rally was in response to the High Court ruling on sending refugee families back to Nauru detention. The Sanctuary movement grew […]






Anglican church offers #refugees sanctuary from @PeterDutton_MP’s “black shirts”: @jansant reports






Churches have stepped up their campaign to end Australia’s harmful refugee policies by offering sanctuary to 267 people including 37 babies, facing imminent removal to Nauru. Refugee advocates had hoped for a change in the harsh and punitive government policies under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), this has not eventuated. The move will draw […]






Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried






It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of […]






Local #IndiTalks media slams @MirabellaSophie’s “playground politics”: @Jansant reports






Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) and Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) have been accused of “playground politics” during the Spirit Of Anzac launch in Wodonga on Friday, by snubbing “people’s choice” independent, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) and using the event to promote their party for the next federal election. The Border Mail (@bordermail) editorial said: respect for […]






#Aid, push factors and people smuggling #OnWaterGate – @mary_sayed comments






The latest low to which the Australian Government – current and previous – has sunk in order to push refugees out of sight and out of mind has made headline news. The major parties’ blind determination to treat refugees as inhumanely as possible seems to know no bounds. We are now refusing to allow boats […]






The making of a #MarriageEquality advocate: @burgewords extract






IRELAND’S yes vote for marriage equality kicked a rainbow-coloured goal for LGBTQI people around the globe, and while the major Australian political parties fight for ownership of the ball, this extract from an upcoming non-fiction podcast and book by MICHAEL BURGE is a reminder of how far we’ve come. Marriage, like a seed, was planted within me […]






John #MalcolmFraser AC 22nd Prime Minister of #auspol: @Jansant tribute






Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (@MalcolmFraser12) has left the building, and it feels empty without him. The man who had once torn Australia apart, became a voice of reason, decency and compassion in a sea of gutter level race fuelled political strategy. A child of the squattocracy, that in the end, was the reasoned and […]






Torture report makes @IntlCrimCourt action against @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol likely: @jansant reports






On Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, released a report (below) that found Australia in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The report found multiple violations and identified the systematic nature resulting from government policy. Juan Mendez, is a survivor of […]