PROMINENT ALEX GREENWICH SUPPORTER CALLS ON HIM TO RESIGN

 

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Friday, October 25, 2013
 
PROMINENT ALEX GREENWICH SUPPORTER CALLS ON HIM TO RESIGN  – SUCKING UP TO ACON
Noted gay activist GARY BURNS, a former supporter of Member for Sydney ALEX GREENWICH, has today called on Mr Greenwich to resign.Image

Mr Burns door-knocked with Mr Greenwich and former Member for Sydney CLOVER MOORE ahead of the October 2012 Sydney by-election.

But Mr Burns, who donated money to Mr Greenwich’s campaign, and worked on polling booths for him on Election Day, has changed his mind after many months of soul-searching.
“It’s become clear to me that Mr Greenwich is not a true independent Member of Parliament – and the seat of Sydney is known for its independence,” said Mr Burns.
“Mr Greenwich is beholden to the gay Mafioso, and instead of looking after the little people of Sydney, he has become known for attending back-slapping champagne soirees and self-congratulatory gay piss-ups, scoffing caviar in his Zegna suit.
“I’m a gay man myself and nobody supports gay rights more than me – but being Member for Sydney is about being member for everyone in the electorate, not just the gay party set.
“The previous Member for Sydney Clover Moore was a true independent politician. She supported gay rights but she wasn’t in bed with Gay Inc. and the gay Mafioso – she represented all the little issues within her constituency with dedication, purpose and conviction.”
Mr Burns said the last straw was Mr Greenwich “sucking up to ACON”, the AIDS Council of NSW, which acts like a de facto ‘gay government’ and is funded by public money.
In May, Mr Greenwich introduced a motion to NSW Parliament congratulating ACON for reducing HIV in the community.
However in June, NSW Health statistics revealed that HIV had actually jumped by 24 per cent in the last year.
This week, Mr Greenwich was alleged to have tipped off ACON about another Member of Parliament’s inquiries into ACON’s effectiveness.
“I understand Greens MP JAMIE PARKER, the Member for Balmain, had meetings with one of his constituents, who was concerned about ACON’s lack of effectiveness.
“The constituent presented Mr Parker with a petition calling for a review of ACON.”
The petition can be found here:
“Mr Greenwich found out about this and tipped off ACON CEO NICOLAS PARKHILL, who rang Mr Parker and pressured him to drop the matter.
“I call on Mr Parker not to bow to pressure from ACON or Alex Greenwich – he should serve the interests of his constituent in this matter.”
“I also call on Mr Greenwich to resign, effective immediately, because it’s obvious he is not independent – far from it.
“When ACON or anyone from Gay Inc. says jump, Alex’s reply is: ‘How far, sir?’
“That is not independence, that is being a sycophant,” Mr Burns concluded.
Last week, Mr Burns – the man famous for suing broadcaster JOHN LAWS for calling gay men “pillow biters” – won a vilification case against former Katter’s Australian Party candidate TESS CORBETT.
Ms Corbett, who had compared homosexuals to paedophiles, was ordered by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to make a public apology at her own expense in the pages of the Sydney Morning Herald, and to personally apologise to Mr Burns.
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4 thoughts on “PROMINENT ALEX GREENWICH SUPPORTER CALLS ON HIM TO RESIGN

  1. shayne chester

    I’m one of the authors of the petiont referred to, which has achieved it’s target of 500 signatures.
    Those 500+ members of the GLBQT community were concerned by the huge rise in new HIV infections last year (24% for NSW but 33% for Sydney) for which the ACON CEO blamed the rise on an increase in testing rates, (the date shows there when there was no increase in testing rates for that period. The CEO was being misleading.)

    They also have a problem with the fact that ACON spends over $10 million a year, or about 80% of their operating budget on themselves while the HIV positive community complains that services have been cut to such a degree that they are now a neglected underclass. As one HIV+ guy commented, “.. if AIDS Councils were a beautiful photograph, I’d be the Negative.”

    And are bvery concerned about ACON’s self indulgent projects like the monthly party that ACON funds at a local sex and barebacking club for ‘sexually adventurous gay men’ to ‘socialise.’
    Also, for over a decade critics have asked why the Sydney gay community does not have a right to honest explicit, accurate information about HIV. To enable the public to make informed choices, public education on the dangers of drink driving, speeding, binge drinking, smoking tobacco etc., is all very graphic and explicit about consequences. The HIV campaigns fail to do so. Its argued that there is a great deal of complacency because the HIV virus has been normalised and trivialised by ACON.

    In reality, 31 per cent of NSW HIV-positive people live below the poverty line according to the HIV Futures study and therefore have trouble affording nutritious food, because they are too ill to work while about a half experience depression, chronic fatigue and other health issues. (1) The message that ACON promotes is in stark contrast to this from Prof Don Smith at Albion Street, ” … there’s a degree of ambivalence out there about how serious HIV is. The Effect of HIV and medications will prematurely age you. Those gorgeous, youthful, healthy looks…they go quickly when you get HIV. …and requires a lifelong commitment to treatment that does have side effects.” (5) Maybe the 500 petition signatories feel that is the message that needs to be heard because more than 30% of new infections of HIV come from guys who neither know nor care that they are passing it on. They also need to understand that HIV is still a chronic disease for which there is no cure.

    A Star Observer journalist interviewed this lobby, but under intense pressure from ACon, (and the purchase of four full pages worth of ads for a month) the Star gave in and the story was canned. Alternative paper media publications in Sydney also received intimidatory threats for running the story about them and you’d have to ask if they have nothing to hide, why make up so many demonstrable lies and why are they so desperate to kill any debate? With so much rotten in the state of Denmark, perhaps a community with a very real and immediate health crisis feels it deserves better than to read, “NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has declined to answer questions about the funding of GLBTI health and well-being body ACON”

    So now, Alex the Gay MP and ‘community leader’ Nick Parkhill from ACOn will pressure our parliamentary representatives to keep all of this quiet, so nothing will change. Its sad, Mr Greenwich is in a position to create real change. As a state MP he could ask ACON, which is state funded, about the allocation of community money to initiate a barebacking party. And I’m sure he can see that other public education campaigns are effective because they inform explicitly of the consequences of risk taking, which is where ACON keeps failing. Surely he sghould be concerned about the ACON CEO misleading the government about the rates of HIV testing for the period of a 24% spike in new HIV notifications. HeYou’d also be aware that the self indulgence with the ACON budget by exec staff means the needs of the HIV+ community have not been met for too long now. And that rorting of the community purse has been a popular gripe in the NSW GLBQTI scene for years.
    Instead he has chosen to ride trhe gravy train, and that’s a shame because those statistics refer to real I’m one of the authors of the petition referred to, which has achieved it’s target of 500 signatures.

    Those 500+ members of the GLBQT community were concerned by the huge rise in new HIV infections last year (24% for NSW but 33% for Sydney) for which the ACON CEO blamed the rise on an increase in testing rates, (the date shows there when there was no increase in testing rates for that period. The CEO was being misleading.)

    They also have a problem with the fact that ACON spends over $10 million a year, or about 80% of their operating budget on themselves while the HIV positive community complains that services have been cut to such a degree that they are now a neglected underclass. As one HIV+ guy commented, “.. if AIDS Councils were a beautiful photograph, I’d be the Negative.”

    And are very concerned about ACON’s self indulgent projects like the monthly party that ACON funds at a local sex and barebacking club for ‘sexually adventurous gay men’ to ‘socialise.’

    Also, for over a decade critics have asked why the Sydney gay community does not have a right to honest explicit, accurate information about HIV. To enable the public to make informed choices, public education on the dangers of drink driving, speeding, binge drinking, smoking tobacco etc., is all very graphic and explicit about consequences. The HIV campaigns fail to do so. Its argued that there is a great deal of complacency because the HIV virus has been normalised and trivialised by ACON.

    In reality, 31 per cent of NSW HIV-positive people live below the poverty line according to the HIV Futures study and therefore have trouble affording nutritious food, because they are too ill to work while about a half experience depression, chronic fatigue and other health issues. (1) The message that ACON promotes is in stark contrast to this from Prof Don Smith at Albion Street, ” … there’s a degree of ambivalence out there about how serious HIV is. The Effect of HIV and medications will prematurely age you. Those gorgeous, youthful, healthy looks…they go quickly when you get HIV. …and requires a lifelong commitment to treatment that does have side effects.” (5) Maybe the 500 petition signatories feel that is the message that needs to be heard because more than 30% of new infections of HIV come from guys who neither know nor care that they are passing it on. They also need to understand that HIV is still a chronic disease for which there is no cure.

    A Star Observer journalist interviewed this lobby, but under intense pressure from ACon, (and the purchase of four full pages worth of ads for a month) the Star gave in and the story was canned. Alternative paper media publications in Sydney also received intimidatory threats for running the story about them and you’d have to ask if they have nothing to hide, why make up so many demonstrable lies and why are they so desperate to kill any debate? With so much rotten in the state of Denmark, perhaps a community with a very real and immediate health crisis feels it deserves better than to read, “NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has declined to answer questions about the funding of GLBTI health and well-being body ACON”

    So now, Alex the Gay MP and ‘community leader’ Nick Parkhill from ACOn will pressure our parliamentary representatives to keep all of this quiet, so nothing will change. Its sad, Mr Greenwich is in a position to create real change. As a state MP he could ask ACON, which is state funded, about the allocation of community money to initiate a barebacking party. And I’m sure he can see that other public education campaigns are effective because they inform explicitly of the consequences of risk taking, which is where ACON keeps failing. Surely he sghould be concerned about the ACON CEO misleading the government about the rates of HIV testing for the period of a 24% spike in new HIV notifications. HeYou’d also be aware that the self indulgence with the ACON budget by exec staff means the needs of the HIV+ community have not been met for too long now. And that rorting of the community purse has been a popular gripe in the NSW GLBQTI scene for years.

    Instead Alex has chosen to ride the gravy train, and that’s a shame because those statistics refer to real lives being destroyed and a whole HIV+ underclass being neglected.

    Rainbows are easy, but substantial and concrete social and health reforms take more backbone.

    lives being destroyed and a whole HIV+ underclass being neglected.

    Rainbows are easy, but substantial and concrete social and health reforms take more backbone.

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  2. Mike

    Wow, this is so unreal (in a bad way) and shocking. As a gay male who has had little to do with ACON, I am dumbfounded by this. I will be writing to Alex as a matter of urgency.

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  3. Alfie St. Bourke

    Good try people and your point is taken – but Alex Greenwich was also elected to do a lot more then just look after us gays.

    Of what I read, I admire what both of you have done and thank you for it. But Alex is not the member for GLBTQI Sydney, he is the Member for Sydney which is not all gay. There are a lot more Bodies which must take responsibility for such things as the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS in NSW, that’s why you and I pay our Taxes for.

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