This is an interview with writer and former GI resister to the Vietnam war, David Cortright. He is the author of many books and is now the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The interview was done in Sydney on Decenber 12, 2009, and conducted jointly by Helen Patterson, Max Watts, Pip Hinman and Vivienne Porzolt.
On May 17, a candlelight vigil was held in in Taylor Square to mark International Day Against Homophobia. The vigil was organised by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Network of Amnesty International and Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) and called for the immediate release of Ali Humayun, a gay refugee from Pakistan who has been held in the Villawood immigration detention centre for more than two years.
The action was in response to threats by federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to have the governor-general disallow proposed ACT legislation on same-sex civil unions. In June 2006, the federal government disallowed an ACT bill on civil unions because it could have “undermined” the “institution of marriage”.