Without the quick thinking of a stranger with a camera and gripping running commentary all while defying the police, we would not have heard of Jamie Jackson.
He is the young man who was charged with assaulting a Liverpool police officer after the Mardi Gras parade. Footage recorded by a passer by depicts a boyish-looking Jackson, 18, face down with an officer’s boot in his back, bleeding from the head and crying. You almost expect the next words out of his mouth to be “I want my mum”.
It’s a graphic picture of a power imbalance. But many more accused criminals may find themselves falling face first into an imbalanced criminal justice system should the top brass get their way.
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It hasn’t been a very good week for the anti-gay marriage people in this country. The results from two independent parliamentary surveys came out on Monday, both giving marriage equality thumping majority support.
“We are comprehensively losing this,” the Australian Christian Lobby wrote in an email to its followers before the deadline, foreshadowing the inevitable. “But it is this weight of numbers that a complicit press will report, and we must win it and then pray the strength of argument in our considered ones prevails.”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen desperation quite like that before, and yet I’ve been to the only gay bar in Adelaide.
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If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering with trepidation what will happen when the Gaypocalypse finally strikes.
Are fudge-packers, nancy-boys, and pillow-biters all names for the same thing, or do they signify a hierarchy of types and sizes, like orcs? Which are most dangerous? And where do the Poohole Pirates come in? Are they like the Men of Harad?
What about elephants? Will there be elephants? Will they be pink? Will we be forced to toil in underground sequin mines while Freddy Mercury lashes us with moustachioed falsetto arpeggios? And dear God, why didn’t we listen to Fred Nile?
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The boys and girls I was filming on the beach were mostly pre-teens.
Where are you going to show it? a girl asked. ” On You Tube” I replied. The kids screamed so loudly with delight the sound on my camera distorted.
I didnt have permission from these kids parents to film them but it was not until the following day that it occurred to me that this might be a problem.
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