Queer Collaborations (QC) is a national Australian Queer conference. The conference is held annually, usually in July and makes use of the Safer Spaces Agreement. In recent years, the conference has attracted over 200 delegates.
It is often referred to as a student conference, although that is not strictly true. The majority of delegates are students, but the facilitation collectives have not usually restricted registration. The conference has traditionally been supported by the National Union of Students of Australia (NUS) and has used the NUS Standing orders, but officially the conference is autonomous and not affiliated with NUS.
A challenge to the conference occurred in 2001 in Newcastle, when a political dispute caused the conference floor to split. Many of the delegates left the conference, and formed their own conference in a bar down the street.
The University of Wollongong were the 2010 hosts, defeating the Cross Campus Queer Network Western Australia 62-60 in the second round of voting after Monash Clayton was eliminated in the first round.
At Wollongong in 2010 the NUS Queer Officers were censured by the conference floor.
At the 2012 conference, it was determined that a collection of Sydney area universities would host the 2013 event. The Sydney universities were chosen over a bid from Brisbane, who had also bid the previous year.
The 2014 Queer Collaborations Conference is to be held at Monash University in Melbourne.
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It is the opinion of some attendees within recent years that QC's main objective of discussing Queer issues has been overlooked in favour of lesser related issues. One such issue is Feminism; Feminism can be viewed as a collection of movements and ideologies, that are at times contradicted between movements; It's important to note that further background knowledge of Feminism should be obtained to enable a well rounded personal opinion before declaring it unrelated to Queer issues.
Another concern some attendees have is the dominating behaviour of delegates who're Socialist Alternative in their political views. In reply to a discussion regarding the seemingly enforced discrimination behaviour at QC one commenter said "...QC is not what it presents itself to be. It has become too political for me to socially collaborate with other people who claim they are tolerant, understanding and accepting. But really they enforce their own set of hate, discrimination, and intolerance towards anyone who has the slightest objection to their world-views. It drives me nuts." The commenter requested to remain anonymous, fearing a mob mentality backlash from QC delegates. Similar opinions from delegates have been met with verbal harassment, enforced social isolation, vigilantism and group bullying tactics.
It's important to note that these are personal views