(QC or QC's) is a national Australian Queer conference
. The conference is held annually, usually in July. 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.
The conference began in 1991 as a one day meeting of students from universities
. Eventually QC expanded to its current format of a one-week national conference.
A recent 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.
It was held in Canberra, ACT
in 2009; 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, this censure was to be read aloud at the next NUS conference floor however in a breach of their constitutional duty they have elected not to do so. NUS... Read More