The State Government’s decision to finally provide in-cash resources for the running of Mardi Gras is to be welcomed despite the odd timing and a bungled announcement that’s resulted in backlash.
Why now when Mardi Gras is solvent again? Why not six years ago when the event desperately needed money to save it from collapse?

Failure to disclose the figure in this time of economic crisis was bound to attract tabloid attention and lead to confusion -” it even spread to the broadsheets where a letter in Monday’s SMH claimed the figure to be in the tens of millions. Considering the $30 million that Mardi Gras brings into the NSW economy each year, the actual amount is tiny -” in the vicinity of $400,000. With crowds approaching half a million on a good year that’s an investment of less than a dollar a head.

At this level of funding the State Government would have to fund Mardi Gras every year for the next three centuries to even come close to matching what it spent on World Youth Day and at least 100 years to match planned expenditure on five years of V8 Super Car racing at Olympic Park.

Moreover, the government could have delivered far more in the way of practical benefits for gay and lesbian Australians by simply introducing a statewide relationship register for same-sex couples as has been done already in Tasmania and Victoria. This would have smoothed out nearly all the bureaucratic and legal hurdles same-sex couples still face in this state while costing the taxpayer practically nothing.

Instead the fires of intolerance have been fed by the Daily Telegraph yet again this year. The ugliness of some of its readers’ comments have to be seen to be believed.

You pink pansies will get smashed in the country. Just try to push your weirdo lifestyle on them and you will reap what you sow.

Best case scenario -” sodomites battle Muslim drug dealers at post-parade Sleaze party and all are eliminated.

Forget poofter-bashing, let’s go hunting!

Children are -˜groomed’ by gays from an early age with the view to later when they are of legal age, seducing them into the gay diaspora.

The repugnant spectacle of children from infants to adolescents appearing in the parade expresses the NSW government attitude to sex with minors.

These people have a mental imbalance … The same goes for pedophiles. Sick. Sick in the head.

Shame, Telegraph. Shame.

Reaction to the Mardi Gras announcement is proof homophobia is still rife.

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