Election Campaign Editorial Policy


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Julia Gillard has announced she’s calling the election for September 14. Time, then, for me to make something clear.

I have heard from a few people over the holiday period, that they have sometimes been disturbed by the ‘editorial line’ taken by the stirrer. “Why on earth did you publish that?” they ask.

Specific reference was made to some of the posts relating to HIV/AIDS and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch.

It’s worth restating something I said at the start, especially now we know we are in for almost 9 months of electioneering.

This website does not take an editorial line. It is a platform on which others may stand to make their case. The only criteria are relevance to the LGBTIQ community, and a measure of readability.

The publication of a post on the stirrer does not imply endorsement of the view expressed therein.

If you strongly disagree with anything posted here, write a rebuttal, and so long as it is within the boundaries of the law and written in comprehensible English, it will be published. Don’t complain, don’t sulk, don’t take your bat and ball and go home. Answer back!

We do not aim to provide ‘balanced’ or ‘unbiased’ writing, since in my opinion, such a thing does not exist. Just as I would rather there were no laws restricting so-called ‘hate speech’, so that I know just who is hating us, I would rather an authors biases were clearly on display.

In other words I would rather not second-guess you, the readers: I would rather you made your own mind up. And if something here upsets some people, some of the time, good.

That’s what we’re here for – to stir things up! Especially now the election has been called.

Doug Pollard

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)