Bob Brown Urges Gillard to Reconsider Gay Marriage Ban
Bob Brown, the outgoing Greens senator, made his final address to the National Press Club yesterday, taking a moment to introduce an environmental trust, the Bob Brown Foundation, and to urge Prime Minister Julia Gillard to reconsider the national ban on gay marriage she has vowed to uphold.
According to reports, Ms Gillard listened carefully to Senator Brown, but did not alter her “public point of view.”
It has been said that Ms Gillard is not actually opposed to same-sex marriage, but rather adopted the position to appeal to conservative voters and the outspoken Christian lobbyists. Whether or not this is a valid fact, not even Senator Brown’s quip that a change of heart would please “many Australians” and leave “Tony Abbott out on a limb” could convince her to rethink her position.
The Prime Minister’s stance on the issue has come under intense scrutiny since US President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage last month and New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, said his government “may consider allowing it at some stage.”
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The poll numbers show that a large percentage of Australians support gay marriage, and just recently, Marie Claire and Channel 7’s Sunrise launched a campaign in support of the issue backed by big name celebrities including Megan Gale and Jennifer Hawkins.
"Love is quite commonly referred to as being universal and having no boundaries. With this in mind, I find it quite unbelievable that we can be living in a modern society, in a country like Australia, yet still not have the support from the Government to allow all couples the right to be legally bound,” Ms Gale told Marie Claire.
“We are trying to make a difference, affect change rather than just comment on it,” said Sunrise’s executive producer Michael Pell. "It's not an issue about sexuality; it's a human rights issue."
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.