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An AIDS memorial for Canberra

By johnboy 20 May 2012 89

Andrew Barr has announced he’s launching the Canberra Permanent AIDS Memorial Project.

This project will provide Canberra with a lasting commemoration to the lives of everyone affected by HIV/AIDS.

I will launch the fundraising drive at the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, to be held this evening at 6.00pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

Over the next 12 months the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and the broader community aims to raise $30,000 to build and install the Canberra Permanent AIDS Memorial with a view to unveiling it in 2013, which is the 30th anniversary of the Candlelight memorial, 30 years since HIV was first diagnosed in Australia, and the Centenary of Canberra.

Today there are more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide – and more than 30 million people have died from an AIDS-related illness. More than 21,000 people in Australia are living with diagnosed HIV, and 6819 Australians have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

As a thought exercise are there any other diseases we should be memorialising?


UPDATE 20/05/12 21:26: Andrew Barr has Tweeted his disappointment in some of you:

Also on facebook he had this to say:

It didn’t take long… A profoundly disappointing, ignorant and bigoted response from some…


UPDATE 21/05/12 09:08: And then this:

What’s Your opinion?


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PigsFly 11:26 am 23 May 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

milkman said :

justin heywood said :

OK Andrew. You are a gay man. We get it. Nobody gives a s**t. Nobody has really given a s*** for 20 years.

Now get this Andrew. The reason people don’t like you is not because they are bigoted. It’s because you are a moron. A small man given responsibility far beyond your ability but not your ambition.
Get over yourself.

+1000000000000000000

Another +1 from me. Gay, straight, who cares?

And another +1 from me too.

Barr needs to engage AKA have sensible discussions with the community rather than dummy spit every time someone says something he doesn’t like or disagrees with something he says.

Personally, I’d like to see all money raised put to research. To me, a memorial is to remember something that has happened, not a reminder of something that is still happening.

ToastFliesRED 10:55 am 23 May 12

Anna Key said :

Maybe I missed it, but where is it going to be located? And does this mean it already has planning approval?

sarcasm mode
So many choices, how about in Fyshwick at the toilet block next to the Childcare centre (as it is also just near Mustang Ranch), Black Mountain/Peninsula or just NIMBY?
/sarcasm mode

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:16 am 23 May 12

milkman said :

justin heywood said :

OK Andrew. You are a gay man. We get it. Nobody gives a s**t. Nobody has really given a s*** for 20 years.

Now get this Andrew. The reason people don’t like you is not because they are bigoted. It’s because you are a moron. A small man given responsibility far beyond your ability but not your ambition.
Get over yourself.

+1000000000000000000

Another +1 from me. Gay, straight, who cares?

milkman 7:34 am 23 May 12

justin heywood said :

OK Andrew. You are a gay man. We get it. Nobody gives a s**t. Nobody has really given a s*** for 20 years.

Now get this Andrew. The reason people don’t like you is not because they are bigoted. It’s because you are a moron. A small man given responsibility far beyond your ability but not your ambition.
Get over yourself.

+1000000000000000000

justin heywood 2:57 am 23 May 12

OK Andrew. You are a gay man. We get it. Nobody gives a s**t. Nobody has really given a s*** for 20 years.

Now get this Andrew. The reason people don’t like you is not because they are bigoted. It’s because you are a moron. A small man given responsibility far beyond your ability but not your ambition.
Get over yourself.

Anna Key 9:01 pm 22 May 12

A disappointing response from Andrew. It’s getting typical of Barr, Corbell and Burch that any criticism seems to be attacked with an arrogant posture that we plebs would dare question our betters. I’ve no problem with Andrew supporting causes that may be close to his heart, but I did note he chose to apply the blanket criticism from his MLA account so does that mean it is an official government position.

HenryBG 7:43 pm 22 May 12

I-filed said :

Thumper said :

And, like others on this forum, I also take offence at Barr and his simplistic and unwarranted abuse of others who simply disagree with him. Name slinging, ie bigotry, rednecks, predjudice and hate, is not discussion.

This does indeed raise the question: what on Earth does Andrew “Anyone Who Disagrees With Me Is A Bigot” Barr think he can gain by painting everyday constituents as homophobes? As I said earlier, I am pro gay marriage. Along with many other voters though, I will vote against any elected member who only wishes to represent his own likeness among the electorate.

I’m not. I’m anti-marriage. So I could hardly be pro-marriage for homosexuals.

Why anybody thinks they need a licence from the government to be with their partner of choice completely escapes me.
It must be the very conventional homosexuals who want to marry each other. Now my brain’s just threatening to explode.
Actually, I’ve figured it out: they’re not wanting to get married, they just want to maliciously ruin it for everybody else who does. Kind of fits with the constant “you’re a bigot” tantrumming.
Julia Gillard doesn’t impress me much (she’s only a lawyer, after all), but she’s bang on the money on this issue.

I-filed 7:13 pm 22 May 12

Thumper said :

And, like others on this forum, I also take offence at Barr and his simplistic and unwarranted abuse of others who simply disagree with him. Name slinging, ie bigotry, rednecks, predjudice and hate, is not discussion.

This does indeed raise the question: what on Earth does Andrew “Anyone Who Disagrees With Me Is A Bigot” Barr think he can gain by painting everyday constituents as homophobes? As I said earlier, I am pro gay marriage. Along with many other voters though, I will vote against any elected member who only wishes to represent his own likeness among the electorate.

goggles13 11:11 am 22 May 12

Diggety said :

LSWCHP said :

So dying of AIDS is a truly terrible thing, I’ll vouch for that. And if someone wants to set up a memorial to those people who’ve died of this disease then good on them. I don’t see it detracting from anything else to any significant extent.

But what really shits me is the response of Mr Barr to the RiotAct posts on this topic. Rather than articulating a reasoned argument, he just fires off a couple of abusive tweets directed at all members of this forum, and departs in a cloud of smug.

Based on the evidence presented one would have to conclude that Mr Barr is not capable of sustaining a thought process or an argument that extends past 140 characters. Disagree with him and you get 140 characters of pompous, self-righteous abuse with no chance of any further conversation.

How about it MR Barr? Prove me wrong. Create a RiotAct account and get into some genuine community engagement that might actually mean something beyond this twitter crap. Present your point of view and have it out with HenryBG and Ben_Dover and the other people in our community who disagree with you. Show them that they’re wrong and you’re right.

I’m heating the popcorn

+1

The one direntional self-rightous attacks from Twitter is not something we should expect from a politician towards his constituants.

+2

a very bad move for someone who’s political career rests on popular support

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