He says it much better than I would, and really says it all. See What More Can be Said?
There is an upbeat article by Craig Scutt in the latest Big Issue (No. 255), written before The Cadaver (pic on right) performed his latest feat of progressive thinking by scuttling the ACT’s civil union law. Of the Cadaver’s puppet master Craig Scutt writes:
At a time when there are openly gay politicians in Parliament and TV has made it cool to be camp, Australian society seems more gay-friendly than ever. So why hasn’t anybody informed the Prime Minister? During question time at a Dublin university recently, John Howard was challenged to defend a charge of reinforcing homophobia in Australia. Far from denying the suggestion, the PM responded by questioning the value of equality itself. “I think it’s a form of minority fundamentalism to say that you have to, in every aspect of one’s institutions and one’s arrangements in society, have technical equivalence,” he said, before going on to claim that financial discrimination against same-sex couples in Australia had been remedied.
The article goes on to point out that the PM is wrong on all counts in what he said on that occasion.
Were there ever less liberal Liberals than the crew we have in charge right now? No wonder Queer Penguin was initially too angry to say anything…