Random Plebishite Thoughts


Golem: Larry Wentzel

Hurriedly penned in a business class lounge while travelling

Churches – including oddball outfits who like to dress up as toy soldiers – don’t pay rates. They don’t pay taxes. They bilk us of millions running useless “employment services”. And still they want more? To run a vicious, totally unnecessary attack on LGBTI people? Age of Entitlement, much?

The answer to the parliamentary impasse is to deal the government out of the process completely: an all-party amendment to the marriage and family law acts supported by all parties including sympathetic/LGBTI Liberals, like Dean Smith, Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, Trevor Evans etc

AME are scolding again, apparently I have to be ‘nice’ to the government and not berate them.

Or as a commenter on one of my many many posts about the plebiscite put it, ‘I agree with everything you say but I dare not click ‘Like’ because that would make me seem angry’.

Well fuck me Mary, why aren’t you angry? Years of effort to get the Australian government, or whatever colour it happens to be at the time – to treat us as fully equal, and they want to have a bloody national opinion poll? That’s what being nice, polite and patient gets you, mate. That’s over.

I repeat, why aren’t you angry? More people need to get angry about this insulting demeaning behaviour currently being indulged in by the Coalition. And let them know it.

What the hell is wrong with being angry? As I said on local radio this morning, it is not possible to have a respectful debate on the marriage issue, whatever. Vyle Lyle and his Mankie Monks may claim, because the whole idea, that we should have to grovel to the whole nation before they’ll even talk about being decent and fair, is disrespectful to LGBTI people. Period.

The Guardian says” “AME is continuing to walk a fine line opposing the plebiscite but emphasising that delay of marriage equality is not an option.”

That’s not a fine line: them’s fighting words, or ought to be. It’s a firm NO MALCOLM, get back to the playground and don’t come home until you have given those bullies in the Abbott gang a good thrashing.

“We will be making the point: that blocking the plebiscite and attacking the government will not deliver marriage equality,” he warned.


Is that why you sat on a 26,000 strong petition for “marriage now and no plebiscite” for eight months? And have only now been forced to bring it to light after a bunch of angry people, including me, brought it out into the daylight and got the numbers up to 60,000? Which could easily have been twice that if you’d been out there spruiking it too? You shouldn’t be scolding: you should be apologising and thanking us for doing your job for you.

A John Howard has risen from the political grave and is once more roaming the land seeking whom he may devour. Among others, LGBTI folk.

Whoever opened the sarcophagus, please, quick as you can, grab John Winston Golem, wind on another layer of bandages, stuff it back in the box and cement the lid down. And weld a layer tank armour over that. And then sink it in Bass Strait.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)