1. Antediluvian senator Abetz against gay marriage
- Conservative cabinet minister Eric Abetz says Australia should not legalise gay marriage because no Asian country has adopted marriage equality.
And Senator Abetz says legalising gay marriage would lead to polyamory and argues issue should be rejected out of hand because Opposition Leader Bill Shorten supports change.
He also suggested that cabinet ministers supporting gay marriage should resign, because it’s a breach of existing policy.
Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Labor MP Terri Butler are preparing a bill backed by a multi-party grouping.
Abbott looks as though he’ll kick the ball into the grass saying that “it is rare for a private members’ bill to be voted on” and that his government’s main priority is security.
Maybe he’s saving us from embarrassing ourselves. Head counters say that only 15 LNP pollies support gay marriage, 18 are undecided and 82 oppose. For Labor the numbers are 60 in favour, 13 against and 7 undecided.
Joe Hockey has won a defamation case against Fairfax over a newsstand poster and tweets which he argued implied he was corrupt and “for sale” to political donors.
However, the Federal Court found that the article itself was not defamatory.
Hockey was awarded damages of $200,000, enough to put a deposit on another house. Those who know suggest he’ll have only small change left after expenses.
It looks as though the:
- life-saving Indigenous custody hotline has received a last-minute funding commitment from Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, who also called for the service to be rolled out nationally.
The phone line, the Custody Notification Service, was previously fully funded by the Commonwealth, so it’s continuance will depend on NSW and the ACT stumping up half the cost. Or so it seems.
You can find the previous (I think) unedifying discussion thread on the topic at Saturday salon 6/6.
4. Q&A did investigate Zaky Mallah
Q&A did investigate Zaky Mallah before the program but didn’t know about his tweets threatening sexual violence.
That’s what the Department of Communications report has found.
The program said if it had known of the tweets in question earlier, Mallah would not have been allowed on the show.
Mallah was well-known to program staff (I think it was his fourth time) but did try to make checks.
- “After attempts to contact two people familiar with Mr Mallah were unsuccessful, the Q&A team relied on its previous experience with Mr Mallah, the advice of another ABC journalist [and] a review of a recent television appearance,” the report said.
- The report said the decision to re-broadcast the controversial program was made by ABC managers, including managing director Mark Scott.
They decided that because the program had already “been seen by many viewers and widely reported” not showing it again would have had “no effect”.
Q&A executive producer Peter McEvoy has been given a formal warning by the ABC Board. The Board’s own review will be carried out by former SBS managing director Shaun Brown and television journalist Ray Martin.
My previous post is here.
There is a push from the NSW right for Labor to adopt the LNP policy on turning back asylum seeker boats.
Joel Fitzgibbon is arguing that the policy should be part of Labor’s “tool kit”.
Labor for Refugees is not impressed:
- what this thinking misses is that turnbacks breach international law and conventions, they continue to upset the Indonesians who are getting very angry with Australia over turnbacks and they deny refugees their rights.
Bill Shorten seems to be sitting on the fence, at least in public. There should be a lively debate at the forthcoming Labor national conference.
There’s more at New Matilda.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
For climate topics please use the most recent Climate clippings.
The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
The thread will be a stoush-free zone. The Comments Policy says:
The aim [of this site] is to provide a venue for people to contribute and to engage in a civil and respectful manner.