That should read Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ by himself being a hypocrite.
Please explain – for those of us not conversant with politics in Aus.
He’s part of the Liberal Party, actually, he’s a shadow minister in that party. He’s also basically slagging off his own party for not supporting equal rights, while refusing to cross the floor and vote (which by the way he’s more than entitled to do, it’s just that he will lose his job as shadow minister).
The only reason he’s doing this is because he represents Wentworth which covers the “gay ghetto” or Darlinghurst. He’s covering his bases basically. He’s saying, I support same sex marriage, but I won’t put my neck on the line in my party to vote for it.
It’s hypocritical to slag off your own political party for taking a stance you refuse to go against personally.
It’s not like he needs the money of a shadow minister either, he’s worth an absolute fortune.
I understand what you are saying but nevertheless I am glad he has said it and so eloquently.
Certainly sounds like he is stuck between a rick and a hard place.
He is speaking against the status quo. He is the only Liberal representative that is.
They have all been gagged by the party to speak up. Very undemocratic.
Malcolm could lose his seat on the front bench for speaking up. Let’s hope not.
I may be wrong but I thought Turnbull had previously said he was against equal marriage and in favour of CPs?
He supports CP’s as the first step to marriage.
If he can convince the party to legislate here, it will be a step in the right direction.
Thanks for the clarification, radical53
I think he is to be commended for challenging the status quo in his party and wider society.
This is the first time that Malcolm has made any public statement that seems to be refutation of Tony Abbott’s belligerent homophobic refusal to allow a conscience vote by his shadow ministry for equal marriage. Good for Malcolm I say.
On March 12, 2012, Malcolm Turnbull appeared on the ABC-TV panel show “Q&A” and said that he WAS in favor of same-sex marriage, and that his party, the Liberals, should be able to have a conscience vote, but their Roman Catholic leader, Tony Abbott, will not allow one. (Thanks to his spiritual advisor Cardinal George Pell who has a personal hot line to the sky fairy).
Australia has to get rid of that twat, Labor PM Joo-liar Gillard, and the disastrous and pontificating Green ‘Carbon Tax’ party with Sarah Hanson-Do-Lally and Christine Milne, but the opposition party does not seem to be a viable ‘gay-friendly’ alternative at the moment, unless Malcolm can win back his position as Leader of his party. Back to square one again!
Obviously the Conservatives are pretty scared to allow a conscience vote – which obviously says it all.
Once again the GLBT community are considered cannon fodder all in the name of retaining a block of votes. I would like to think the majority of voters would punish them but with the unpopular Gilliard on the other side I can’t see that happening.
Australian politics is in a very sad state of affairs but then again what can you expect – it is true home of the land of Murdoch and we now all know the dirty tactics level that he operates at.
Turnbull’s essay was published in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. It was very well written and well presented. However, as long as we have Abbott as leader – a stauch Roman Catholic- there will be no movement on the issue whatsoever. The Prime minister is just as bad. Don’t hold your breath waiting for any change in Aus during this decade.
I’m not familiar with Australian politics but it doesn’t surprise me that a party with such an illiberal attitude should call itself “The Liberal Party” Whenever political parties start to talk of “small government” and “freedom of the individual” start to worry about your freedoms. They usually mean you will be free to believe what they believe, that tends to be the full extent of their love of freedom.
They are either semi theocrats or just like the “freedom” to exploit others for personal gain. East Germany when under Soviet and Stasi control called itself a “Democratic Republic”
I believe the ‘liberal’ refers to economic, not social, liberalism.
Yes indeed, but there are times when it seems to be a euphemism for the freedom to exploit and/or rip off.
They may sometimes argue that social liberalism is just a front for the advancement of cultural Marxism or “Common Purpose”:-)
especially on issues that challenge their bigotry.
For overseas readers here are some facts! 1. The Labor Government will be thrashed/defeated at the next election. 2. Abbott and the Liberal/Nationals will win the next election in a landslide. 3. Both Marriage Equality Bills will be defeated when brought to the Parliament in the next few months. 4. Labor has set up Marriage Equality to ‘FAIL” because PM Gillard insisted on a conscience vote, even though ‘Marriage Equality’ is now ALP policy. The Liberal/Nationals will not allow even a conscience vote! 4.The Marriage Equality lobby want ‘marriage’ or nothing which has totally DENIED Australian defacto couples the RIGHT to civil unions! Anyone with half a brain, knowing that the Australian electorate is arch -conservative and that the Australian Christian Lobby dominate the Liberal/Labor parties, would have pushed for civil unions for de facto couples, as a first base social justice relationship progression! But no, the Marriage Equality Lobby have risked everything, so we get zilch!