Serving in Silence

Noah Riseman In Conversation with Allan Behm

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
House of Representatives Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

In this confronting and revealing book, Noah Riseman and his co-authors reveal the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemen and women in Australia’s armed forces. Many share their personal stories for the first time, infusing Serving in Silence? with a raw honesty. A not-to-be-missed event In conversation with author and Canberra Writers Festival Chair, Allan Behm.

Noah Riseman specialises in the histories of marginalised people in the Australian military, particularly Indigenous and LGBTIQ people. He is the co-author, with Shirleene Robinson and Graham Willett, of Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women. He is also the co-author of Defending Country: Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945 and author of Defending Whose Country? Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War. For the past four years he has been coordinating this Australian Research Council Discovery project documenting the history of LGBTI military service.

Allan Behm is a strategic analyst and former diplomat and senior Defence official. He was chief of staff to former climate change minister Greg Combet and is currently Senior Advisor for Senator Penny Wong. He has held senior positions in the departments of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General's and Defence. In 2001, he set up a private consultancy business. Allan has seen government policymaking and implementation from all of these vantage points. His reflections on his experience are intelligent, acute and sometimes provocative. He is also CEO of FearLess and the chair of the Canberra Writers Festival board.