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An Historic Week for LGBT Rights, Nationwide

In Politics: Genral,Politics: Marriage Equality,Politics: Queensland,Politics: Rallies & Protests on December 3, 2011 by mjwill91

The last week has been a fairly monumental week for LGBT rights, nationwide. Earlier this week we saw the Queensland Legislative Assembly pass the Civil Partnerships Bill 2011, a bill allowing for and recognising the validity of same sex relationships. We also saw today the Australian Labor Party officially changing it’s position on same sex marriage, adding it to their party platform.

In a sitting of the Legislative Assembly than ran late into the night, the views of numerous MPs from both sides of the political divide were heard, along with the views of their constituents. The bill passed at 11:10PM with 47 votes (46 Labor MPs and Independent MP Peter Wellington) to 40.

Premier Bligh & Dep. Premier Fraser address a pro-equality rally outside the QLD Legislative Assembly. Photo: Daniel Hurst

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser said that the Civil Partnerships Bill struck a blow against the discrimination that same sex couples had faced in the path, calling it a “momentous occasion for civil rights in this state”, as Queensland moved into line with Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

In a move considered surprising given his previous vocal support for marriage equality, the non-sitting, de facto leader of the Liberal National Party & former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; Campbell Newman did not allow Liberal National Members a conscience vote on the issue, which raises the question, “what does our alternative Premier actually believe?” or better yet “can we trust what Campbell Newman says?”.

For a little bit of added poignancy, the Civil Partnerships Bill 2011 passed the Legislative Assembly exactly 21 years to the day that Queensland decriminalised homosexuality – how far we’ve come in such a short stretch of time.

Of course, that isn’t the end of the changes that we’ve seen over the last week, with the Federal Labor Party officially changing it’s position on same sex marriage today at the Labor National Conference- unfortunately, as I predicted several months ago, the Prime Minister has, while allowing the party platform to change, has essentially scuppered the debate by allowing it to go to a conscience vote, doomed to fail on the floor of our Parliament.

Senator Wong & ACT Dep. Chief Minister Barr receive pro-Marriage equality petition from GetUp!'s Simon Sheik // Picture: Renee Nowytarger

In October I suggested that the Prime Minister might circumvent the National Conference alltogether, allowing a conscience vote to get shot down before we got to today, effectively “washing her hands” of the issue before it could go to a vote. Well, I wasn’t exactly correct there, but I wasn’t too far off.

By allowing a conscience vote, Julia Gillard; puppet of the right faction, will have her own views on marriage equality unchallenged. A conscience vote in the House of Representatives will not pass… even if Tony Abbott allows a conscience vote (which he won’t, regardless of the Liberal Party being a “broad church”) any amendment to the Marriage Act will not pass.

So. The Prime Minister & the Labor Party can bask in the glory of being a “progressive party”, without being progressive at all. Brilliant… and completely expected as well.

So now we wait. Stephen Jones, ALP MP will be putting up a private members bill at the start of the next sitting period of Parliament – which means another month or so before marriage equality is shot down in flames in the Parliament.

Don’t get me wrong. Today has been a monumental day in the history of LGBT rights in Australia. It’s just, I don’t think any of us should expect anything to come out of it any time soon.



The People Are Revolting!

In Politics: Environment,Politics: Rallies & Protests on March 23, 2011 by mjwill91

There is a lot to be said re: the actual efficacy of the pricing of carbon. Whether or not the government’s model will actually achieve the noble goals that it has set out to is yet to be seen. Therefore, there should be robust debate on the specifics of the carbon price and whether or not it’s the best model to adopt. The operative word there is ‘should’. Instead of that, we get this:

Apparently 'realism' is communism. Menzies is rolling in his grave.

Or this gem:

I'm not entirely sure what it means...

Would it be wrong of me to say, “of course these protestors live in the Land of Disney”?

Nice poster. Did your local LNP member give it to you?

I hppen to leik thiss won:

It's spelt 'Labor' not 'Labour' - another person failed by the Howard-Era education system

I for one like this strange ‘madman’s manifesto’:

Is Charlie Sheen writing the No-CT signs? #winning

I think this one is my person favourite:

Nice. Classy. Tactful. Tea Party.

I like the fact that the flame motif across the bottom not only conjures up images of Gillard’s red hair, but also implicitly suggests that Julia Gillard is a atheist-heathen that is doomed to burn in hell. Nice.

I’d love to share you the picture of the giant crucifix, but i can’t find it- i’ll update this post if I do happen to find it.

Oh, and to make the rally even better, there was a surprised guest.

Pauline Hanson…..*facepalm*

She's somewhere under this sign...

While the former One nation leader said she wasn’t at the rally to speak, she said she was there as a concerned citizen.

‘Gillard has no idea what it’s like to shop for a family’ (nice, at least you aren’t calling her barren)

When was the last time she went to put fuel in her car?

– Matt @mjwill90