This blog is usually a light hearted look at my life, but this week politics has really got on my nerves so I am sorry, but I will be talking about the elephant in the room.
I could have changed my Facebook photo with the hands that shape into a heart, and I probably will, but below I give the main reasons why our government is pissing me off this week.
I won’t be taking part in the 525-million-dollar non-binding opinion poll, the main reason being that my opinion doesn’t matter.
As a citizen of Australia, a country with clear antidiscrimination laws; my opinion on how others live their lives is irrelevant.
The hate talk has started, poor Tony Abbot is worried about his religious freedoms, his freedom of speech, and here was me thinking the opinion poll was about marriage equality for all citizens of this country. I fail to see the link between marriage equality and people’s religious freedoms or their freedoms of speech. Just a reminder Tony, political correctness is not just a clever name, it is that, “correct”.
Political correctness stops right winged bigots from spreading hate, and I for one have no issues with that.
The “postal plebiscite” also sets a dangerous precedent in our Westminster system of government, the leader of the government is unable to lead and call for a free vote in the parliament, instead spending millions on a non-binding postal plebiscite to keep his position as puppet prime minister; doesn’t have the courage to quiet the noisy ultra conservative back bench from where this hate spews.
What’s next, a reality TV show called “Plebiscite” to recognise the indigenous peoples of this land. Don’t laugh, you don’t have to look to far to see how low global politics has gone in the digital age, politics as a reaction to opinion polls, not thought out well debated policy.
My vote is the most precious right I have; I find it insulting that the government ask me to cast it in this very expensive opinion poll; I will not be using my vote to judge how people live their lives, to do so would sanction the judgment of people’s rights to be treated like all Australians.
Why are we putting the LGBT community through this?
Is this one last gay bash before the inevitable comes, because it will come, when we have a government with courage to do what’s right and not what’s popular.
I support marriage equality, but not this way, please not this way.