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?