This is unbelievable! In Australia? That young go-ahead country next door to New Zealand? Civil Unions are legal in New Zealand. The Kiwi Prime Minister attends “The Big Gay Out” day-long festival each year. But on the other side of the Tasman, big brother Australia, is apparently way behind things. I can’t believe it! Young Aussies are gonna go mad about this, I just KNOW!
how quickly the cowardly resile from “equality” if they think it will bring them grief. He dould just as easily have said that the majority of Australians consider the native people inferior – but that would prove he was a coward or bigot!
These politicians grovel for our support pre-election then kick us in the teeth afterwards
Nice to know that the Australian government is homophobic and does not believe in Equality
It will come as no shock to learn that Rudd is a strident Christian.
What does it matter whether the majority want to hang them or bring them flowers? Rights should not be dictated by mob rule. It’s why we have governments in the first bloody place.
No, Mr Rudd. The majority of Australians don’t think that. Only the majority of Rudds. As for ‘native people inferior’, just ask abroriginal people what they think of Rudd and his use of them when he was involved in Qld politics – how he used and misrepresented them to get what he wanted. Just like he’s done with the Australian people. Check out http://www.getup.org.au and the election promises.
After ten horrendous years under the Howard Conservative regime, now we are stuck with this ultra-conservative monster of a Labor Prime Minister! Sadly, thousands of gay, lesbian amd transgender people think that the Labor Party are the party of social justice ! How misguided and conned they have been. There is only one party in Australia that is openly advocating for Gay Marriage and that is the Australian Greens!
It is a shame that Australian politics are so closely aligned with US politics. Thank goodness New Zealand is sensible!
The Australian government recently changes 100 laws recognising gay couples in Federal Law under the scheme of De Facto.
Some facts, Every state recognises gay couples as defacto which basically gives you marriage rights without the certificate. Three out of the 8 States have civil partnership schemes! Every state has anti discrimination/equality laws..
This is a pretty new government in power so i suspect Civil Partnerships will occur in the next 3 – 5 years under federal law!
I’ve noticed Pink News is very negative when reporting on Australia.
Australia will just have to wait until a leader comes to power who is pro-equality and has an interest in human rights. Shame they are lumbered with this homophobe.
What bizarre and illogical hypocrisy. He says he doesn’t want gay people to get married, so when confronted with the choice of offering them marriage or civil unions he says no to the marriage and then has the option of civil unions, but objects to this on the basis that he doesn’t want to offer marriage. This is where the logic crumbles.
Question: Do you want chocolate or vanilla?
Rudd’s Answer: I don’t like chocolate so I will say No to chocolate, and I don’t like chocolate so I will say no to vanilla.
He is doing nothing to dispell the international reputation/stereotypes that Aussies have…
The problem here unfortunately is sectarian- the Labor Party in Australia has always drawn on a predominantly working class Catholic base and it’s loyalty to St. Peters that’s holding up progress on this issue. It’s also why Australia still allows businesses owned by religious groups to sack or refuse to hire gay staff and why religious schools may still expel gay students.
Andy 11, you are spot on, The Australian Labor Party has the stench of Catholicism permeating through its ranks. That is why I would never ever vote for them and now no longer even preference them 2nd because of their complete double standards in relation to human rights! The traitorous Left of the Labor Party need to be voted out of their seats and that is why I support the Australian Greens! Go Greens around the World!
Brenton (comment 12) is right. What makes Australia so conservative is the increasing influence of religion on its politics. This reaches its nadir in the state of South Australia, where the Labor Party is in (unnecessary) coalition with the right-wing Nationals, the cabinet includes an unelected representative of the Catholic Church, and the Christian fundamentalist Family First party has been given veto power on social policy. Consequently South Australia, once Australia’s most socially progressive state, is now it’s most conservative.
Things are not much better at the national level. Australia will remain socially conservative while either Liberal or Labor hold power. Anthony (comment 9) is unrealistic. Rudd has categorically rejected any further federal recognition of gay couples. He even refuses to give the necessary documents to gay couples who go overseas to marry.