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[Apr. 2nd, 2006|01:06 pm]
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My god, the federal Labor Party is crap.

I really admire Jon Stanhope for trying to get this civil unions legislation through here in the ACT, even if Howard does ultimately override it. I've just been reading an interesting blog post from Tasmanian activist Rodney Croome where he (quite fairly in my opinion) compares this to Gavin Newsom's act as Mayor of San Francisco, which made same-sex marriage an issue in North America like never before. I'm hardly surprised that the Liberals are engaging in bastardry over it, but I wish I was surprised at federal Labor's response.

Shadow Attorney-General Nicola Roxon was forced to comment on Stanhope's bill this week, and managed to get through the entire thing without once saying any of the words "gay", "lesbian", "homosexual", "marriage", "discrimination", "prejudice", "same-sex" or "homophobia", instead doing a Bjelke-Petersen and going off on a tangent about industrial relations. Every time I think Labor might have regained some semblance of a social conscience, they do something bizarre like this.

[User Picture]From: annie_lyne
2006-04-02 06:15 am (UTC)
I know you'll get annoyed with me for saying so, but this is why getting support back to the Dems is important (or if that's distasteful, the Greens ;).
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From: brindabelladawn
2006-04-02 08:57 am (UTC)
The Democrats are gone because they did exactly the same thing. The conscience of the party - people like Brian Greig - got silenced in favour of the right - like Lees and Murray (and then, Allison, though now she's leader she's drifted back the other way). They were much better at state level, but they're still stuffed because of the federal mess.

And the Greens are too much of a protest party. It's only in Tasmania that they've really fleshed out policies and started acting like a true third party, rather than a home for protest votes. And they've hardly been any better on gay issues - you'd hardly know Brown was gay if it wasn't for the Wikipedia article.

It's for this reason that I'm seriously thinking about voting one Socialist Alliance (because their heart is in the right place), and two Liberal (because Bracks is incompetent, anti-choice and anti-queer) in the Victorian election.
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[User Picture]From: annie_lyne
2006-04-02 10:11 am (UTC)
Well, given all that, what other federal options have we?

And you know my opinions on state politics ;)
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From: brindabelladawn
2006-04-02 11:32 am (UTC)
Labor in the lower, Greens in the upper.

I don't think there's really much of a choice.

If it wasn't for the IR reforms though, I'd be thinking about voting Liberal in the House of Reps just so Beazley would lose and Labor would get a leader with some semblance of conscience and clue.
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