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What will same-sex marriage actually mean?

Originally published on SBS News, 21 October 2013. While the symbolism of same-sex marriage is important, too great a focus on this goal risks ignoring more pressing forms of LGTBI discrimination, writes Simon Copland. With the ACT about to pass Australia’s first ever same-sex marriage bill, a natural question to ask is, what will it … Continue reading

How to stop the repeal of the carbon tax

This article was originally published on SBS Opinion, 17th October 2013 Proponents of the carbon tax have long struggled to articulate its purpose clearly to the public. It’s not too late to change all that, writes Simon Copland. The battle lines have been drawn. Tony Abbott has now released the draft legislation to repeal the … Continue reading

Against Equality

Originally published in the Overland Journal, 16th October 2013 ‘Equality is inevitable.’ This has been the catch-cry of marriage equality campaigners for years now. A call to conservatives to ‘get on the right side of history’ and finally accept that we’re all born equal. Look across progressive movements and you can see similar messaging. Demands … Continue reading

Born this way?

Originally published in the Sydney Star Observer, 15th October 2013 Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games, said to Out Magazine the other day: “Maybe I could say right now I’m 100 percent straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, ‘Whoa, I’m attracted to this person’…I … Continue reading

Power to the People?

Originally published at SBS Opinion 11th October 2013 Opening up the Labor leadership ballot to the rank-and-file could be extremely empowering, but let’s not stop there, writes Simon Copland. As we come to the end of the ALP’s first ever rank-and-file leadership ballot (votes close today and the new leader will be announced on Sunday) … Continue reading

The logic of Gillard’s opposition to same-sex marriage

Originally published in SBS News, October 1 2013 In Julia Gillard’s first interview since she was deposed as Prime Minister a young boy  stood up and asked the question many wanted an answer to – “how come you didn’t let gay people get married?” The response probably surprised many. Gillard, reflecting on her time as … Continue reading

Bring back Woolies’ vibrators

Originally published in the Sydney Star Observer, 1 October 2013 Complaints against the supermarket chain Woolworths have lead it to remove a vibrator it was stocking in its sexual health section. The complaints were pretty predictable – that stocking vibrators in a supermarket would lead to the ‘sexualisation of children’. For example, Roslyn Phillips from ‘FamilyVoice … Continue reading