Back when the PM supported gay rights…

3 Dec

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4 Responses to “Back when the PM supported gay rights…”

  1. AJ December 5, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Apart from the spelling or gramatical error in the last line, its a pretty true to form background for student politics. I think people forget though that people change over time and idealogies fall by the wayside as life experience takes over. Usually (but not always) the unworkable is discarded (Berlin Wall?) This doesnt always happen in politics since issues and anger raising are vote getters so recycled viewpoints are more common. In the end though it seems all politicians eventually put aside their finer instincts and instead vote for whatever self serving policy most suits them and example being the massive recent payrises.Some stay true, but generally these people are consigned to grumbling about sellouts and deception on the back bench.

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    • Jennifer Wilson December 5, 2011 at 8:29 am #

      I still don’t understand why the PM dug herself into such a big hole immediately after taking office by declaring she was against gay marriage, even though it wasn’t a hot issue at that time. Now she’s stuck there and it’s all become about saving her face.

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  2. AJ December 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    She’s cunning though, she’s gambling on the opposition voting as a block to defeat any amendment to the Marriage Act. Thus she appears to have both stood on the side of appearing to agree with the notion (to allow gay marriage) while effectively knowing it wont get through. I think the Australian public are smart enough to see through it….and Julia probably wont be able to gain any political capital from the apparent change in political stance, peoples memories are longer than that. What I cant understand is why this is even considered a big issue. Its almost a non event small amendment that could be debated at late night sittings. I think that generally the Australian major political parties have run out of issues to game – there’s plenty of new undiscussed fodder I could give them, but they arent too interested in the values of Joe Public

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    • Jennifer Wilson December 6, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Perhaps there’s so much attention to it to distract us from other stuff?

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