In The Age: Labor’s Right slams gay reform, the right leaning faction of the Labor party finally reveals that it doesn’t really care about representing the people, just some people – presumably the people who agree with it. Regarding the discussions within Labor about changing its official stance towards same-sex marriage:
NSW senator Ursula Stephens said there was a massive email campaign under way, mostly in favour of changing the policy. Opposing change, she said: ”We’ve done everything we can to remove discrimination. But marriage is about a relationship between a man and a woman. Marriage is about producing children.”
Here’s the rub – and here’s what has been killing Labor in Australia for some time … they’re controlled by focus groups and other narrow minded views of society that give them such a blinkered outlook in the grab for votes that they actually ignore the vast majority of what Australians are saying on a topic.
(Not to mention the stupidity of the statement, “Marriage is about producing children” … so, the Labor Right will start campaigning for legislation requiring infertile couples to get a divorce? Or prohibit aged couples who are no longer capable of producing children from getting married? Logic doesn’t really matter to the Labor Right.)
Hell, no wonder they’re running themselves down the gurgler!
Labor’s right needs to stop listening to focus groups, and the bigoted minority, and start listening to the majority of Australians who are in favour of marriage equalisation.
Just maybe then, by growing a spine, and taking a progressive moral stance, might Labor actually have a chance of differentiating themselves from the Liberal party.