Australian PM Kevin Rudd to Kill ACT Civil Union Laws

Despite calls from his own party to approve marriage equality and not override same-sex civil union laws recently passed in the Australian Capital Territory, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will do just the opposite, The Australian reports:

Rudd "In the latest run-in between the commonwealth and the ACT's Labor government on the divisive issue, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said Attorney-General Robert McClelland had indicated during a recent meeting that the Rudd government would quash the amended legislation.

"They are prepared to intervene to overturn the recent amendments to the civil union legislation in the ACT," Mr Stanhope said of his Monday meeting with Mr McClelland. "I indicated bluntly that this was unacceptable."

Earlier this month, the ACT government amended its civil partnership legislation to allow public ceremonies following a move by the Greens, who now form a minority government with Labor. The move set the ACT on yet another collision course with the commonwealth, which on three previous occasions has intervened to kill, or dilute, various civil union bills passed or mooted by the ACT Legislative Assembly."

Said a spokesman for the attorney general: "The government's position is that the most appropriate way to achieve
this is through the development of a nationally consistent framework
for relationship recognition."


  1. Bryan C. says

    The PM seems to be completely out of touch with his own party’s base and Australians in general on same-sex marriage. Seriously, people oughta grab some torches and pitchforks and chase this clown out of office!

  2. jonowee says

    Yeah I concur with you Bryan C..

    We already knew he was a self-proclaimed conservative on many issues, an ALP Johnny Howard.

    Except this time K Rudd is as you mentioned, out of touch with the ALP’s own base, its union allies, and the rational Australian public.
    Even Howard knew how to gin up his xenophobic base, in defiance of the moderate Liberals.

    Anyway bring on the double dissolution election on the back of a potentially failed ETS and CPRS; vote out more conservatives, more Greens and more progressive Labor members into parliament.

  3. says

    eh ….. I have been a gay man ALL my 54 years.. and it takes one to see on I say .. This Rudd guy looks as gay as gay can be.. Is he a big closet case ? The loudest ones who generate homosexual hate are usually big ole queens behind closed doors( when they are paying a male hooker for some release ) themselves and use the public homophobia as a smoke screen to hide in ….