Well, it’s been a pretty predictable week. Once again rumours that a gay player would be outed on The Footy Show (AFL) proved false. Once again Kyle Sandilands showed his quality, mocking a disabled contestant on Australia’s Got Talent.
Question: if Australia has got talent, how did those three get on the panel?
And once again the Labor Government decided it could survive without the support of the LGBTI voter.
Newly announced changes to the Sex Discrimination Act will protect women and men equally from discrimination, increase protections against sexual harassment, and establish breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination, according to the press release. All good stuff.
But no plans to extend the act to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Including two-mum and two-dad families, Mr Attorney-General sir?
It talked about “ensuring that protections from sex discrimination apply equally to women and men”.
Including trans women and men, Mr McClelland? I think we should be told.
Sadly, at the time of writing, answers to the above were not forthcoming.
The Attorney-General said, “Ensuring that anti-discrimination law meets the needs of contemporary Australians is an important part of ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights.”
Sure is, Bobby-boy! So how, exactly, do these changes ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of this contemporary Australian?
This is a dangerous game to be playing. Labor is throwing voters overboard on the left without gaining them on the right. Progressive voters are already moving to the Greens, and gay voters are joining them.
Labor is gambling that it doesn’t matter, because preferences will flow to them anyway — if everyone follows the how-to-vote cards instead of using their heads. But this strategy puts a number of high-profile names at risk.
The seat of Sydney, held by housing minister Tanya Plibersek, has one of the highest gay populations of any electorate in the nation.
In the equally gay seat of Melbourne, it’s reported that private polling already has Greens candidate Adam Bandt pulling ahead of finance minister Lindsay Tanner, which would render the preferences argument moot.
Transport minister Anthony Albanese’s seat of Grayndler is also vulnerable.
Ironically, all three favour same-sex rights, but will not break party discipline to support equal marriage. But if they don’t, and the gay vote deserts them, they may not have parliamentary careers for much longer anyway.
And Australian Labor may find that, like their British counterparts, they will need minority party support to cling to office. The forthcoming election gets more interesting by the day.

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