Seymour Centre presents

The Campaign: Panel Discussion

19 Feb 2020

As part of the season run of The Campaign by Campion Decent, Seymour Centre presents a panel discussion:


Human rights, religious discrimination and future battlegrounds


Reflecting on the legacy of Tasmania’s protracted battle to decriminalise homosexuality, leading activist in that campaign, Rodney Croome AM, will be joined by Julie McCrossin AM to discuss contemporary and future battlegrounds, as well as the role played by personal storytelling, strategic risk-taking and compromise in achieving significant and meaningful social and legal change.


Additional panelists to be announced.


Rodney Croome AM is an Australian LGBT rights activist and academic. He worked on the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania, was a founder of Australian Marriage Equality, and currently serves as the spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and a spokesperson for Just.Equal. In recognition of his work he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and was named Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2015.



Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After over 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster. Julie also facilitates conferences and seminars. Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. After treatment for stage four throat cancer in 2013, Julie is now an Ambassador for Beyond Five, Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer and The Thing About Advanced Cancer for Cancer Council NSW. Julie also hosts the new podcast series produced for patients and family members by the head and neck cancer charity, Beyond Five. In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.