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Could it be true? Did Julia Gillard really sell her moral compass for power? Kevin Rudd allegedly spilled the beans to gay marriage advocates Kerryn Phelps, Jackie Stricker and Geoff Thomas, that Gillard made a deal with the Australian Christian Lobby and Joe De Bruyn that placed our PM on the anti-same-sex marriage bandwagon.
I’ve been saying it for ages, the reason Gillard doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage is because she can’t.
Julia Gillard’s in a Parliament split almost evenly down the middle. She’s made many promises to many different factions to keep herself in power including the infamous independents, so shaking hands and making deals is nothing new to her.
We also know that politicians are sometimes forced to take a view they sometimes don’t want to, whether it be a grab for power or bargaining to pass that next bill, a Machiavellian feint.
But I’m in no way defending her.
Penny Wong for example once said, “On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect”.
Curiously enough, Gillard held a very similar view.
“My position flows from my strong conviction that the institution of marriage has come to have a particular meaning and standing in our culture and nation and that should continue unchanged,” she said.
It didn’t take long until Wong’s conscience kicked in and she told the truth.
Maybe Gillard really is a liar, maybe not.
It seems incredibly convenient, very possible, and makes a hell of a lot of sense if it is true.
If you weren’t disenchanted with Australian politics before, you should be now.
But don’t worry, at least she isn’t Bob Katter.