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Thu, Sep. 9th, 2004, 07:40 am
Election update (gay rats?)

So far, I've been quite amused at the direction this election has taken. The Prime Minister was called a "lying rodent" which inspired

when the State Liberal Party President gagged local candidates from talking about Federal issues unless it impacts on their campaign. (The State Liberal Party has always been in disarray.)

Meanwhile, the National Party is firing off ill-considered salvos at the Greens which is only increasing their popularity in the polls as well as their media profile. Why the Nationals should be doing this is a mystery in light of the fact that the two parties must be attracting very different demographics. Meanwhile, they are firing salvos at their Liberal Party colleagues for seeing fit to field a gay candidate.

EDIT: As strange as it may seem, I feel I also owe an apology to the Liberal Party in the interests of fairness. Some weeks ago, when I was reporting on a political debate, I made a snide comment to the effect that the Liberal Party would never dare put up a gay candidate in a winnable seat. It turns out I had not been keeping track of the changing demographics of the seat, or the effect of recent electoral boundary changes. This is very much a winnable seat, and Ms Tall is far from a "soft" candidate.

Wed, Sep. 8th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
porsupah

Could you supply a quick crib sheet to Who's Who in Australian Party Politics? I'm mostly only familiar with the UK and US outfits, I admit. (Technically, Singapore has a multiparty system, but.. :)

I noticed Blair's proposing a "civil union" system for not-quite-gay-marriage, which sounds as if it genuinely would bring all (most?) of the legal benefits accorded to het couples. Of course, whether that'll actually come to be is another matter.. political promises and priorities are all too often quite disparate.

Wed, Sep. 8th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I didn't want to answer myself because I'm lazy and I may then be accused of partisanship. This link has a brief rundown of each major party in this election as well as more detailed information if you click on the headings.

Blair's civil union system sounds very appealing, if it ever comes to fruition. As I've said before, I'm not really interested in the ritual of marriage. I'm not a Christian. I just want my relationship to have the same legal recognition as anyone else's.