Tuesday 27 September 2016
1 A study by none other than the University of Melbourne has found that just one electorate in Australia is against gay marriage. The study shows that MPs are significantly behind public opinion on the subject.
It’s just another example of a plebiscite to find out something that is already comprehensively known. Or put another way, we have a leader and a Government defaulting to the public because they don’t have the guts to do what they are supposed to.
Strongest support comes in the Sydney seats held by Labor’s Tanya Plibersek and Anthony Albanese, and none other than the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth. How embarrassing that must be.
On top of that comes a report that members of the Liberal Party were involved in the distribution of a brochure which was nothing more than a smear sheet against marriage equality. The groups name is “Children’s Future”, and has firm links to the secretive Catholic religious society Opus Dei. It makes false claims in leaflets that legalising same-sex marriage would trigger the controversial Safe Schools program becoming “compulsory” in all Australian schools, even if parents objected.
The Prime Minister, in spite of his assurances of a civil debate, is yet to comment on the group’s actions.
Ultimately Labor will reject the bill, and over the next three years will periodically introduce private members bills and the Government will have to explain why the parliament can’t act. Or at the next election explain what their policy on marriage equality.
Although I suspect that being the party of historically major reforms Labor wants to introduce this one.
2 Pauline Hanson has added to her as yet incomplete list of people she wants to leave Australia. First it was Asians, second Muslims, and now Gays. Who knows who will be next? It might be bridge players who aren’t white. Or people who have a contrary opinion to her.
In 2013 about 10 per cent of the electorate voted for the minority Palmer United Party.
In 2016 PUP’s vote virtually disappeared, but up popped Pauline Hanson’s One Nation which won 9.2 per cent of the vote.
I hope that helps.
And talking about sending people back to where they came from I can only suggest that the One Nation Senator who appeared on The Project last Wednesday night jump back into the hole from whence he came.
He told panelists it “would be nice” if absent co-host Waleed Aly “would condemn Islamic terrorism, not condone it”.
3 As soon as the Sam Dastyari scandal dies down up bobs another one from the other side. Yes it’s that man Stuart Roberts. He is under investigation over an alleged donation scandal. It seems the Crime and Corruption Commission is interested in his ties to property developer Sunland who are building a $600 million high-rise on the Gold Coast.
It seems that he has admitted that the Fadden-Forum that he operates was used secretly to fund two independent candidates in the 2016 Council elections.
Today I read that Liberal MP Steve Irons actually charged taxpayers $2000 for travel costs to attend his own wedding.
And conservatives don’t see a need for an enquiry into political donations.
4 Now it looks as though the Government is considering giving people who run unemployment programs the right to suspend payments to people who don’t front for appointments.
It seems to me that the simple answer is for the Government to produce all the jobs it said it would. Problem solved.
Who wouldn’t want to work for the NBN? Chief executive Bill Morrow took home $3.6 million last financial year, including a $1.2 million bonus.
Greg Adcock received a $1.5 million termination bonus when he left after less than two years into the job.
If we are ranked 43 in the world I wonder what the top performers are getting.
5 Just a little more on that Essential Poll last week. As I said at the time, there are many in the media and Government who use calculated language to demonise Muslims. They have a lot to answer for including Peter Dutton who so grossly and incorrectly said refugees “would be taking Australian jobs” and “languish in unemployment queues”.
Most problems that society faces arise from the fact that men have never really grown up.
6 The Government’s reputation as being anti science has been further enhanced with the revelation that Australia’s education department paid Bjørn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre $640,000 to help produce a report that claimed limiting world temperature increases to 2C was a “poor” use of money.
We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet.
My thought for the day.
“The progress of human thought from narrative to argument should be understood by everyone”.