If the Libs are returned (which I think is most likely), there will be very little in the way of socially moderate or progressive actions coming out of that government. I think you might be overestimating how much of the decision-making will be down to Malcolm personally.
It'll be a bit of shambles whichever way it falls, quite frankly.
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04-07-2016 22:12 #381
04-07-2016 22:15 #382
"I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.
Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
protect your house,
give you a job,
clean up the neighbourhood,
remind you of how great you once were,
clear out the venal and the corrupt,
remove anything you feel is unlike you...
It doesn't walk in saying,
"Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution."
04-07-2016 22:23 #383
witherwings, do you see what I mean about sly (and here, not so sly) insinuations?
This is the sort of thing that would come up all the time during a plebiscite about gay marriage. There's nothing illegal I can see about this statement. Almost criminally stupid (if only!), but nothing I can see that's illegal.
As you know, equal funding would be given to the yes and no campaign.
I really don't think society as a whole would benefit from voting on a human rights issue like this.
As for all the offensive comments - I'm big enough and ugly enough to take it - but what about the young queer kids growing up? What about the kids of queer families? My DS won't understand it (he's a toddler), but imagine the say 6, 8, 10, 12 year old kids of two mums or two dads having to face government funded advertising that says their family isn't as good as 'normal' families, and that there's something wrong with their parents and their parents should be treated differently.
And the bigotry that will crawl out from under various rocks emboldened by this sort of rubbish does not bear thinking about.
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04-07-2016 22:24 #384
Sorry... must get off my soap box and go to bed...
04-07-2016 22:34 #385
You shouldn't have to have a thick skin though. Nor should your kids. Anymore than I should bc I'm short, I have anxiety or I love men, all things I was born with as well.
I really do think things are changing though, albeit slowly. I was listening to my daughter with her group of friends chatting and I forget how the subject came up (maybe a movie or show??) and they were saying oh yeah she's gay, yeah her girlfriend is so cute, but it was said in such a matter of fact way. Like it was completely normal to them (and of course it is, but you know what is was like when we were kids and the taboo). They are 11/12.
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04-07-2016 22:38 #387
gingermillie Don't encourage me
05-07-2016 04:43 #388
I actually think the result went this way because
1.) Malcolm Turnbull has been a huge disappointment to the left liberal voters so they swung to labor
2.) The more right of the liberal voters are still annoyed he toppled Abbott so voted on the right elsewhere.
05-07-2016 04:51 #389
05-07-2016 05:13 #390Senior Member
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What is truly disturbing is that Pauline Hanson hasn't changed her hairdo in 2 decades.
Come on girls, you need to identify the key issues here
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