Talk:Rodney Croome

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Article tone[edit]

He fronted the long, bitter and ultimately successful campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania, which until May 1, 1997 was a criminal offense punishable by up to 25 years jail.

Is "long, bitter and ultimately successful" an encyclopedic tone?

Also, is there anything in wikipedia about Tasmania's laws about homosexuality? Was it always illegal until 97, or was it illegal, then legal, then illegal? Andjam 08:16, 7 June 2006 (UTC) (Crossed out by Andjam 13:20, 18 June 2006 (UTC))

Sigh. Frankly, I can't see anything wrong with the article except that I happened to comment on it to someone else. Rebecca 08:17, 7 June 2006 (UTC)
Tasmania (along with all the other states) used to have laws making sodomy a crime. Tasmania kept the laws until much more recently, and getting them removed was particularly bitter down there. Croome, along with Nick Toonen, took the laws to the UN and won, and prompted intervention by the Keating government to enact laws implementing the UN's recommendations. If the Tasmanian government hadn't dropped their prosecutions against them (making the issue moot), the case may well have been massive. I should write some more about that at some point. --bainer (talk) 12:26, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the background. My objection wasn't on the grounds that the case wasn't long, hard and bitter, just that it didn't sound encyclopedic. If you can give details on the longness, the hardness and the bitterness, that'd be great. Andjam 13:20, 18 June 2006 (UTC)