NOTE: I got this off a buddy’s FB. I don’t know if he wants to be named here, but he did the hard work putting this list together :)
1972: SA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
1973: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
1975: SA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Again.
1976: Qld Libs refuse to employ a teacher because he’s gay.
1977: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Again.
1980: Vic Libs introduce homosexuality decriminalization bill! But several Libs cross the floor to vote against it.
1982: NSW Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
1984: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Agaaain.
1989: WA Libs impose limits on decriminalising homosexuality laws including a different age of consent for gays (21 as opposed to 16), prohibition of the ‘promotion or encouragement’ of homosexuality (like Russia, today), and a preamble to the legislation stating that the parliament disapproves of homosexuality.
1992: Lib leader Alexander Downer calls for the resignation of Defence Minister Robert Ray in response to the lifting of a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces.
1996: Howard Govt makes migration for same-sex couples harder.
1996: ACT Libs pass laws making wills and estates fairer for same-sex couples. That’s good.
1996: John Howard tells A Current Affair that he would be ‘disappointed’ if one of his sons was gay.
1999: Qld Libs oppose legislation that removes parental leave discrimination against same-sex couples.
2001: John Howard tells a group of teenagers on Triple J that ‘I have not met a parent yet who wants their children to grow up gay.’
2003: ACT Libs oppose legislation that acknowledges same-sex relationships and protects them from discrimination.
2004: Howard Govt removes sexuality as a basis of protection from discrimination in the National Framework for Human Rights.
2004: Howard Govt amends the Marriage Act to specifically ban same-sex marriage.
2004: NT Country Libs vote against equal age of consent.
2004: WA Lib Leader Colin Barnett advocates for gays to have different age of consent laws, same-sex couples to be disallowed from accessing the Family Court, same-sex parents to be denied adoption rights and lesbians be denied access to IVF.
2006: Howard Govt refuses to cooperate with a national inquiry into financial discrimination against gay people, banning its departments from making submissions.
2006: Howard Govt refuses to allow a gay Australian man in Europe to marry his partner overseas, who is an Austrian citizen. It refuses to supply documentation confirming the man was not already married.
2006: Howard Govt overrules ACT legislation passed to allow civil unions.
2007: Howard Govt overrules ACT legislation passed to allow civil unions. Again.
2008: Libs vote against legislation that would allow lesbians access to IVF.
2010: Lib Leader Tony Abbott claims that gay people challenge ‘the order of things’ and states that ‘I probably feel a bit threatened’ by them.
2011: Queensland Libs oppose civil union legislation.
2011: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott denies a conscience vote on same-sex marriage to his party, meaning that Liberal members who support the proposal will be prohibited from voting accordingly (this is still the case).
2012: Queensland Libs remove surrogacy and adoption rights.
You loop onto the Narrows. You loop off. You loop onto the Narrows. You loop off. You loop onto the Narrows.
The walls of the convention centre crack. The plaster crumbles to reveal a giant, gleaming Richard Court. He has been sleeping. Colin Barnett climbs inside. Richard’s eyes open.
You walk along the pipeline to Kalgoorlie, up along the Mundaring Weir. You hear an echo coming towards you. You put your ear against the pipe. “Yes,” you hear. You wrap your arms around the pipeline, and let the water run. CY has missed you. You will not let him be alone.
“Our beaches are the best!” you argue. You go to Cottesloe, and your feet sink into the sand. You can only go forward; you can only go west into the sea. Cottesloe has heard you. Cottesloe will not let you go.
Students from UWA have pranked the diving lady yet again. You swim out and unclothe her. She wraps her arms around you. You reach for the water, and still. There are two diving ladies.
The Polly Pipe opens. You drive into its entrance. You drive and you drive, and you never reach Loftus Street. Its lights close around you.
The Swan Bells chime. You climb the stairs to see them up close. You climb the stairs. You climb the stairs.
There’s a quokka in your tent. You reach for your camera. The flash goes off. The quokka is there, beside you. At home, the quokka is there, beside you. Right now, the quokka is there, beside you.
WA might end 150 Aboriginal communities by defunding power and water. WA Premier Colin Barnett turned down an invitation to consult with Aboriginal land councils about it. He told WA Parliament the next day that he would consult closely with Aboriginal people. Oy.
So proud of my people right now and all the non-Indigenous solidarity we saw yesterday on the May 1st protests. Empowering stuff like this can happen when we all unite! #sosblakaustralia #noconsent #lifestylechoice
CAN YOU GUYS PLEASE HELP ME SIGNAL BOOST THIS THE WA GOVERNMENT CURRENTLY HAS A BILL PROPOSED AGAINST SUPPOSEDLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS AND HAVE KINDLY FORGOTTEN TO MENTION FINER DETAILS OF THE BILL.
Judge the deed, not the breed.
We need better owner education and socialisation of dogs. Also preventing certain people from certain demographics who would only use said dogs for dog fights or security purposes which their aggression is promoted. We also need child education on how to approach and respect dogs.
The new bill does none of this. Please help spread the word, like said page on fb, ask them for a petition, join us at the rally 16th July.
Ew. In 2004, Colin Barnett (the WA Lib Premier wanting to close Aboriginal communities) advocated for the age of consent to be different for gay people, same-sex couples to be disallowed from accessing the Family Court, same-sex parents to be denied adoption rights and lesbians be denied access to IVF. Barnett insists he is not homophobic.
Tony Abbott planned a dinner at the National Gallery of Victoria just days after he had given the go ahead, along with Colin Barnett, to shut down 150 remote communities across WA.
Around 1,000 showed up there to protest the ongoing genocide of Indigenous people in Australia and to stand in solidarity with those living on country in WA who are having their land dispossessed by the
closure of remote communities.
We disrupted Swanston St traffic for a couple of hours as we marched from the National Gallery to the State Library!