By far the most frustrating of all discourse on Labor’s recent push for same-sex marriage is the discussion of timing and ownership. When should this issue be tackled? Who should table and sponsor the bill? Whilst these questions seem like fairly mundane administrational stuff, of concern only to parliamentary staff and the writers of Hansard, on an issue as divisive as same-sex marriage these issues become electrified with the cries of moral outrage.
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
By Paul G. Dellit
Well, we may well have reached the tipping point between genuine democracy in Australia and the beginnings of creeping fascism. You may think this to be one of those ‘shock-horror’ attention-grabbing opening sentences. It is. And I also believe it to be an unalloyed statement of the danger we now face.
By Social Rebirth
This is an open question to any leader, treasurer or candidate of any political party in the world.
Our planet is finite, has bounds or limits in regards to the temporal spans of the human experience, being corroborated by measurements of biocapacity, the ability of an area to produce resources and absorb waste.
“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”
Saturday May 23
“Love has No Gender”
Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.
Whatever the outcome of Bill Shorten’s surprise move this week, he has caught Tony Abbott on the hop and executed one very successful wedge. Nice one, Bill.
Few things in life give me greater cause for optimism than those light bulb moments when you finally get your stubborn head around an evidently simple concept. Whether it’s a diagnosing an electrical fault or learning how to gently drop a stylus into a record groove, the delicate art of reverse parallel parking or simply riding a bicycle, human capacity for learning never ceases to amaze me. We learn new ideas every day.
Ok, this could be a very long post, but I suspect that I’m just going to make it short because if I wrote down all my thoughts it could become longer than “War and Peace”… the very long novel by Tolstoy, as opposed to the situation in Iraq.
Mm, actually the novel by Tolstoy isn’t really long by comparison…
By Phillip Deery
In the torrent of tributes for Gough Whitlam after his death in October 2014, it is easy to forget the rancour and bitterness surrounding his ascent to the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party. He was elected leader at a caucus meeting in February 1967 after Arthur Calwell, having lost three federal elections and now aged 70, decided he would step down.