James Newburrie

James Newburrie

James Newburrie is an openly gay IT security specialist whose employer (a large, multinational mining house) insists he lives in an outback mining town called Mount Isa.

A committed atheist and small-l liberal, James’s economics are somewhat to the right of Margaret Thatcher’s.  He believes strongly in the primacy of the individual over the state. 

James has built a reputation for standing up for rural Australia’s same-sex attracted youth. He even held rural Australia’s first Equal Love Rally in front of Bob Katter’s electoral office. 

Twitter: @DifficultNerd

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How a bid to win hearts and dollars can backfire

How a bid to win hearts and dollars can backfire

20 Jul 12 This story is about a very slow moving train-wreck that’s happening on Twitter right now. Gloria Jean’s has declared July…... Read more

Hey Jim, let me teach you about religious freedom

Hey Jim, let me teach you about religious freedom

02 May 12 In a recent Punch piece Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace reminded us of our unquestioned right to religious freedom.…... Read more

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