It was no surprise at all that within days of scraping back into government, the Coalition began to back away further from any action towards equality for same sex couples. No surprise, but an interesting choice. They could have perhaps started to work towards regaining some electoral support from moderate voters who left them in droves leading to the almost fatal blow to Malcolm Turnbull’s brand (like many, I will be surprised if he leads the party to the next election).
Nope, not this Coalition. Spurred on by the nationals and raving zealots like Bernardi and Abbott (who never worried about moderate supporters to begin with), the government seems poised to lurch further away from widespread community expectations of responsible governance in areas such as economic management, climate policy and marriage equality.
Unsurprisingly, the fate of the controversial non-binding plebiscite remains clouded. There is certainly no sign of Turnbull growing a spine and bringing reform to parliament directly, but the timeline for the plebiscite seems to be stretching further and further into the future. I shake my head slightly despairingly, but I actually don’t know whether to be upset about this or not.
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