Daily Archives: February 25, 2008

Don’t say you weren’t warned

In the previous post I declined to name the sub-Christians in Topeka, but couldn’t resist when I saw this on Queer Penguin.

So loving….

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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in awful warnings, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues


Police and Sydney Mardi Gras

A story that does not do the NSW Police great credit appeared in the press yesterday: Taunts forced gay officer out.

DURING his three years as a NSW police officer, Dallas McCarthy endured taunts of “poofter boy” and “fag dog” – not from criminals but from his own colleagues.

Mr McCarthy claims he was ordered by a superior to introduce himself to senior officers as “pillow-biter”. And he says when he discreetly complained he discovered a handful of chopped liver in his locker and a note warning: “Your heart’s next.”

The former constable abandoned his ambition of becoming a gay and lesbian liaison officer, quitting the force in disgust last April.

In his initial letter of complaint, while stationed at Cabramatta, Mr McCarthy told of being ridiculed by an officer in the tea room with the claim that he give his boyfriend a pillow for Valentine’s Day…

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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in Australia, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, politics



Australian History, its teaching, and some other tangents

In The Weekend Australian Magazine last Saturday Richard Guilliatt profiled historian Anna Clark (grand-daughter of Manning), specifically her ideas on the teaching of Australian History. (I referred to an earlier Guilliatt item in Their 1968 and mine on OzPolitics.) The theme of the weekend article (not online) was that school students tend to switch off in droves whenever Australian History or Indigenous Australians get a run.

While the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, has been urging a national history curriculum that places even more emphasis on the teaching of Aboriginal history, in Clark’s interviews student after student groans about the lessons they have been force-fed since primary school. Kids complain the lessons are shallow, repetitive and fixated on past injustices. Teachers, meanwhile, express discomfort and uncertainty about their role in teaching it. As a supporter of indigenous studies, Clark admits to being “shocked” by the vehemence of the comments. The awful irony suggested by her book is that in trying to correct past neglect — both the neglect of Aborigines themselves and the omission of their culture from school textbooks — educators may be turning an entire generation away from the issue.

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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in Australia, Best read of 2008, education, reading