Australian Ally Conference

In June I had the honour of attending the inaugural Australian Ally Conference, which brought together universities from across Australia to discuss issues affecting people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual [LGBTIQA] community, particularly staff and students at universities. These issues included things like sexual violence, bullying, harassment and educational disadvantage. It also examined broader concerns such as the plebiscite on marriage equality and homophobic and transphobic violence. These are all really important issues. This conference, which was organised by the University of Western Sydney, was successful in creating an ongoing platform for discussion and policy development in this area. I make special note of the tireless work and efforts of the conference organisers, particularly the convenor Dr Sev Ozdowski, AM, and director of the academy and co-convenor of the Ally network Mr Luce De Buitleir Andrews. I also thank the Hon. Trevor Khan, MLC, and Dr Shannon Spriggs-Murdoch for their amazing contributions.

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