Mileena: Can I just say that, by Shao Kahn’s decree, I am the rightful ruler of Outworld, and that some of us have been made victims?! Kotal Kahn: Very well … let us put it to vote. (Turns to everyone) How many of you have ever felt personally victimised by Mileena? *Everyone raises their hands, with Erron Black’s wounded hand raised the highest*
a friend’s thoughts on the ALP, marriage equality, and self-serving hypocrisy
“Oh no. I am very sorry everyone but the Labor Party is doing that thing they do and I need to say some things.
Every Australian going wild for Bill and Tanya introducing same sex marriage legislation: no. Every Labor MP voted in 2004 to ban same sex marriage. The Labor platform, "democratically” “decided” by “members”, is one of the two big reasons why same sex marriage laws failed in 2009, 2010, 2012.
More importantly, this is the same Labor Party that supports the laws that say that queer kids can be expelled, teachers fired, cleaners paid less etc by religious schools. When Labor looked at federal laws on discrimination in 2012, they decided that the right to expel queer kids from school was worth protecting. They did the same thing in NSW. Because that’s a right that’s really important.
Labor in government: protecting the right to ruin queer kids’ lives. Labor in opposition: still that, but also #sass or something I guess.
A few other things. If you have to convince a person that queers are people and should have equal protection under the law, they are at best an obstacle or a target. They are not an ally. It is quite possible that they are actually an enemy. This means that while we campaign at them, we should also be looking at replacing them. The wonderful thing about voting in Australia is that it’s impossible to waste our votes, so we can vote for parties that actually a. have values we agree with and b. do something about them when they have the chance. This means not the Labor Party.
If Labor was all about queer equality, they’d have an amazing record in government of acting on queer homelessness, preventing queerphobic violence, funding health services, making schools safe and inclusive (including about safer sex), making income support real, and ending all kinds of legal discrimination - especially against trans and gender diverse people. They’d also be wicked campaigners for these things and for massive cultural change in opposition. But they do not and they are not. Instead, they are introducing a bill to achieve a thing that they’ve blocked for their entire political history, even though there are already two bills to do that thing in this Parliament, and they’re not planning on telling their MPs to actually vote for it.
Telling Labor that having enough MPs to bring on a vote for same sex marriage that is very bloody likely to fail because there are enough Labor MPs to vote with Abbott to stop it is not even setting a bar, let alone setting it too low.
Also they just hired a guy who works for the coal seam gas industry and once said “I’ve always been a fossil fuels man” to write their climate policy.
ENOUGH. You don’t get cookies for turning up late to the party and not bringing a plate. Labor: not even once. I’m out x"