Gillard’s Gender Hypocrisy

Julia Gillard’s recent noise over gender equality has, perhaps rightly, been called a desperate last effort by a PM who just can’t pick up her popularity.

However, I see it as something worse.

I’m all for the equal rights of people, regardless of race or gender, yet the progressive rights Gillard seems to promote stop short of letting one of her ministers, Penny Wong, from marrying a person she happens to love.

It’s difficult to play the progressive card when you fail, horribly, on a basic right to marry another, regardless of race or gender.

Is anyone really surprised?

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2 responses to “Gillard’s Gender Hypocrisy

  1. The Prime Minister was right to say “We don’t want to live in an Australia where abortion again becomes the political plaything of men who think they know better”.

    Abortion and federal policy: here are the facts
    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4748872.html

    Voters need to be mindful that there are men in Federal Parliament who, to quote Julia Gillard, would make abortion access their “political plaything”. A bill by Senator John Madigan is a salutary reminder that Federal Parliament does have the power to regulate access to abortion, writes Anne Summers.

    ****

    “It is entirely possible that Senator John Madigan, DLP senator from Victoria, will be Tony Abbott’s Brian Harradine.
    And it is not hypothetical to say that Madigan is very likely to try to extract from prime minister Abbott similarly anti-abortion restrictions as did Brian Harradine from prime minister Howard.

    And it is not hypothetical to say that Madigan is very likely to try to extract from prime minister Abbott similarly anti-abortion restrictions as did Brian Harradine from prime minister Howard.

    Madigan has already introduced a private Senator’s bill, the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013, the purpose of which is to outlaw Medicare funding for so-called gender-selection abortions, that is, abortions used to terminate pregnancies because the parent(s) object to the sex of the foetus.

    There is no evidence that such abortions are performed at all, let alone frequently, in Australia but this issue is red hot among American right-to-lifers and is clearly being imported to try to inflame abortion politics in this country.

    (Abortion not an issue here?)

    Madigan’s bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration for further investigation; the committee’s report is due on June 25. The committee may report the bill be shelved or it could be tested with a vote.

    I understand from speaking to some senators that there is great concern that there is no longer a pro-choice majority in the Senate and that these restrictions could become law. If so, this would be the thin end of a wedge that Senator Madigan would no doubt delight in trying to widen.

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    Voters need to be mindful that there are men in Federal Parliament who, to quote Julia Gillard, would make abortion access their “political plaything”.

    On March 3 this year Senator Madigan was asked by ABC Radio National’s Jonathan Green on Sunday Extra, whether – if he found himself holding the balance of power in an Abbott government – he would use that position to further restrict abortion.

    “Yes,” he said. “Unashamedly so.” ‘

    ****I’d urge you to reconsider this topic as Senator Madigan no doubt also has a very Catholic view of same sex marriage and neither of these matters should be his “play things”.

    • I completely agree. Anyone who thinks they can control what another adult does with their own body, especially based some out-of-date idiology, is quite obviously a knob.

      As much as Abbott has a terrible history on the subject too, I doubt he could get away with creating any policy without public backlash.

      However, this isn’t the point of the article. Gillard is pitching as “standing up for women’s rights” in response to Abbott’s history, not anything he has done recently. She seems more motivated by bad polling.

      Moreover, if she cares about the rights of a person to choose for thenselves, she should be taking a stand for gay rights.

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