"Four decades ago gay sex was illegal in every state in Australia. So called poofter-bashing was rife. There were many cases in which gay men were severely beaten by the police whose job it was to protect them.
The TV series Number 96 caused a sensation by including the first openly gay character ever seen on Australian television. And 42 years ago, the Australian Dennis Altman wrote a book called Homosexual: oppression and liberation, which became a key text for the gay liberation movement here and in many other countries.
Now, with same sex marriage a widely discussed topic in Australian politics, it's easy to look back and think everything's been achieved.
This week, the same Dennis Altman published a new book whose title is a question: The End of the Homosexual? It examines how much has changed and what's still to do.
I asked Dennis Altman first about the likelihood of same sex marriage becoming legal in Australia."
Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five percent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes.
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By Dibussi Tande During a tour of Cameroon in 1975, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, met Tala Andre Marie, a budding Cameroonian blind singer and guitarist who had just released a funk number titled Hot Koki. Tala gave him...
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Blind artist, Tala Andre Marie, overcomes plagiarism by the Godfather Of Soul. Manu Dibango, King of Soul Makossa, also dealt with plagiarism. 10 years earlier, Manu had recorded a hit song called “Soul Makossa” which was nominated for the Grammy award
In our new Foresight Africa blog series, Balla Mohamed Keita examines identity-centered political parties in Africa, which have given rise to conflict on the continent, and argues that they must be replaced by modern development-centered parties committed to democracy.
Nick and Hayden's insight:
this article shows the internal conflict of the politcal government party. it shows all the top priotities the government should care about. such as "help policymakers and Africa watchers stay ahead of the trends and developments impacting the continent."
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