Mardi Gras Changes

The news which has generated the most comments for a long time is Mardi Gras decision to split the party and parade. With over 120 comments most against the move Mardi Gras then announced that their would be a new after parade party. What is really interesting is the claims and counter claims around the […]

One of Them

NZ on Screen now has One of Them online now – a great short film made in 1997 – adapted from a short story by Peter Wells. One of Them! was one of two films (with Memory and Desire) adapted from short stories in Peter Wells’ book Dangerous Desires, (1991). It was made for TV One […]

Broadband Plans

Both Australia and New Zealand look set to get substantially improved internet access with annoucnements on both sides of the Tasman of broadband plans. The Australian Plan The new fibre-to-the-home network would take eight years to build, cost $43 billion, and give 90 per cent of Australian households download speeds 100 times faster than they […]

Flashback: For Today

1985 was my final year living in Wellington which was a great time to be living in New Zealand’s capital city. This song still can take me right back to those times – to friends, lovers, flatmates and events.  1985 was the year the homosexual law reform bill debate started including the infamous “Nuremburg rally” […]

LGB Poverty

An interesting study called “Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community” was  published by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law this month. “This report undertakes the first analysis of the poor and low-income lesbian, gay, and bisexual population. We find clear evidence that poverty is at least as common in the […]

Kevin Smith – Desperate Remedies 1993

NZ On Screen have a great tribute to Kevin Smith who died far to young in 2002. His first feature film in 1993 was Desperate Remedies. This was a very New Zealand film and very camp – and so totally different from the Piano released in the same year. From the NZ on Screen Website: […]

Freedom of Information – Good News

In a week of some really bad news including the NSW government passing legislation which allows police to have secret search warrants the news that Senator Faulkner is promoting a major overhaul to the Freedom of Information Act is great news. I think Senator Conroy needs to read this section of this opinion piece These reforms […]

Senator Conroy plan to ban the internet!

One of the best blogs I have seen which highlights the fundamental flaw in Senator Conroy’s crazy filtering plan. Read it, get angry then do something about it.

Senator Conroy monitoring you

Sydney Morning Herald has news that Senator Conroy will increase monitoring of websites including blogs.  Particular mention is made of Whirlpool who are making a strong case against the censorship. One thing you can do is join Getup and get involved – and contact your local MP. Make it clear this is something which will […]

End the secrecy – ACMA

The list of banned sites makes interesting reading and the ACMA Press release in response to the release of the banned sites you get an idea of the nonsense that is occuring in this government agency. The rules the ACMA operate under are based on a 1992 ACT.  It is clear this ACT needs to […]