One of the most enjoyable things about starting this political party has been the people I’ve met along the way. Remy Coll is an actor and producer who runs his own theatre company. He is incredibly well-informed about LGBTIQ issues, and talks with passion and insight about human rights, equality and foreign affairs.
Now you can be forgiven for thinking Remy is gay – I did for about four meetings! But he’s not, he’s straight. He’s also an Army Reserve Officer Cadet in the Australian Defence Force. In many ways, Remy personifies the diversity of people who have become AEP members or supporters since we formed 18 months ago. We love that diversity and see it as a core strength of our party.
When we decided to host our own Q&A it made sense for Remy to project manage the event; totally within his skill set! For the past few weeks he’s been sourcing giant purple ‘Q’s, sorting out ticketing technicalities and costing (native) purple flower arrangements. And managing complicated logistics. There are a few things still to do, but Remy reckons we’re basically good to go.
Our panel represents a range of political opinion and is truly sexuality and gender diverse – and there’s no Fred Nile! Jason has met each person on this panel in the last year and they all happily agreed to be part of this event. We’re really grateful to all of them for taking the time to attend and especially for those who are travelling interstate.
Meet our QQ&A panellists
Clearly, you’re not going to agree with everyone on the panel even though they’re all part of the LGBTIQ and allied community, but that’s the point. We’re looking forward to a lively discussion about ‘marriage and more’. We still have to get marriage equality over the line, but once that happens, it’ll be interesting to see what issues emerge, and where we most need to focus our energies.
Remy will be back stage and in the tech box throughout the evening making sure everything runs with military precision. Cheers Remy.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Jac Tomlins, Deputy Leader, AEP
This is the fourth post in an ongoing series called “The Senate Seat” by Jac Tomlins. You can read last week’s post here.