The issue of marriage equality is in focus around the world. In Australia the big news recently is that the plebiscite which the ruling Liberal party was seeking to hold has been halted after the opposition Labor party voted against it.
A rally was still held in Brisbane on October 15 at Queens Park. It was attended by over 1000 people.
There was mainstream media coverage of the protest of course, but to find out what really happened I spoke to two eminent Brisbane gay personalities.
What follows is a low down honest account of the various high and low lights of the event.
I was lucky enough to catch ‘Power Gays’ Daniel Johnson and Mark Ashenden in my lounge-room and record this interview.
There has been talk for sometime that prisoners the Australia’s refugee camp on Manus Island PNG will be separated according to refugee determination status. Here is the latest news from Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani.
Today a lot of security officers, case managers, immigration staff and PNG police have tried to seperate people (refugees) from each other in Manus prison.
Their plan is to separate people with negative status from people with positive status.
The refugees have had some serious arguments with them but they say that you must move and don’t have any choice. They are like a primitive tribe that attack us.
Everything in Manus prison is done by force and under a big dictatorship.
Anybody that resists is put in Manus jail, the small jail in Lorengau town that is meant for local people.
The atmosphere of Manus prison is full of stress and pressure. The system is completely illegal, the prison is illegal, separating people is illegal and their processing is illegal