Sunday June 26 2016
1 Earlier in the week Penny Wong said straight politicians calling for a plebiscite on the issue of gay marriage “don’t understand homophobia”.
Scott Morrison said:
“I understand the concerns Penny is raising, I know it from personal experience having been exposed to that sort of hatred and bigotry for the views I’ve taken from others who have a different view to me.”
Let’s remember that the plebiscite only came about because Tony Abbott was caught between a rock and a hard place.
Wong is correct for one reason. She is gay and he is not. It is rather like the Queen saying she understands poverty or the Pope birth control. Should I include the average person understanding the abuse of a child? You could add to that a white person understanding black racism or depression. The list goes on.
The nearest we can ever come to understanding these things is by being seriously empathetic toward understanding them. By looking at the facts surrounding the matter and eliminating preconceived cultural attitudes handed down from previous generations.
While the Australian Christian Lobby, the Charismatic Churches of which Scott Morrison is a member and who take a literal view of the Bible has signalled a very aggressive campaign.
Mr Turnbull says:
“If we win the election, we will have the plebiscite, it will be conducted in a respectful manner. People do have different views on the issue. They are entitled to those views.”
If he thinks it’s all going to be nice and respectful he is kidding himself. Then later in the week we learn that it’s not that simple. The right are flexing their muscles and now they will still have the free vote plus an option will be given to members in electorates who vote a simple majority no vote against the bill. And at this time Turnbull will not address what the question will be.
The rouse here of course is to destroy the majority vote in favour of an electorate by electorate one in the full knowledge that electorates in the country are more likely to vote against.
The Australian Christian Lobby would then concentrate its taxpayer funded resources on the electorates they know to have an ‘against’ stance, or close to it and after the result, force the member to vote accordingly.
“Why is it we find such compelling reasons to treat each other badly?”
2 In an interview with Bill Shorten mid-week Leigh Sales was on something (or had had a bad day) when she interviewed Bill Shorten. It was hand guns at ten paces. Even to the point of Shorten suggesting she had crossed the line with one question.
Now I knew the PM owed her another interview before campaign’s end, and he has been playing small target but I didn’t expect him to take the coward’s way out but he did by slipping the interview in on a Friday night with little notice.
Consequently Leigh Sales had a disgraceful interview. No hard questions, just gratuitous lovey dovey “it’s your show Mal” talk about the European Union. It was almost as though she was doing some sort of perverse political flirting with him.
When they moved to the marriage equality plebiscite, with gushing smiles, she allowed him to get away with the “just you leave it to me, darling” defence.
It was excruciating to watch and the ABC need to do something about it. As it stands they have let him get away with it and in doing so also let down their own journalist standards and the interests of the viewers. Turnbull and his policies should have been subjected to the same aggressiveness of enquiry that was directed towards Shorten.
As a tweet from Verner Vergrass said.
”I’m just waiting for the Leigh Sales washes the feet of Malcolm Turnbull episode of the 7.30 report”
Here is a transcript of the interview. Ask yourself how could she possibly allowed the Prime Minister to get away with it.
3 The decision to leave the European Union was interesting from the angle of the most educated voting to remain while the least voted to leave.
“At a time when the world needs as much internationalism as it can get England reverts to nationalism.”
4 Remarkable isn’t it how the electorate has been kept in the dark about boat arrivals for years then on the eve of an election we need to be brought into the light? The word ‘cynicism’ comes to mind.
5 Every election political parties fall for the trap of producing advertising material that reads of falsity. The Liberals “Tradie” commercial is no exception. On social media it has received much ridicule to the point of it being counterproductive. A bloody good laugh though.
6 Yes, Keating said “yes” he did cut company tax. But it was paid for by a massive broadening of the base of personal taxation, capital gains tax and a comprehensive fringe benefits tax. He would never have done what Morrison did. A $50 billion impost on the budget bottom line with nothing to help offset it.
7 Barnaby Joyce cannot spend all the time in his seat. Has to travel around Australia. A difficulty he faces, given his seat is under serious threat. As John Anderson said, preferences will favour Tony Windsor. So he needs a very high primary vote.
My thought for the day.
“Good grammar is vitality important but is secondary to the expression of a valid well-constructed point of view”.
PS Sorry for my absence the past few days. I caught a virus of sorts and ended up in hospital.
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