1. says

    How is it that the marriage ceremonies are “illegal”? Is SSM actually illegal in Australia, or simply not recognized by the government? If it is illegal, what is the penalty?

  2. says

    I’m 18 next month, which means i miss out on voting in this election by just a few weeks. the saddest part of our situation here in australia is that we’re screwed whichever way the election goes. either we get a racist, woman-hating homophobe in Tony Abbot or a leader all too willing to sell out her own beliefs and values in order to pander to the right wing in Julia Gillard.

    since i cannot vote, i’m doing my best to start discussions with those of my friends who have recently come of age, and i tell them all the same thing: voting for The Greens is NOT a waste of a vote. if we can achieve balance in the senate then we are on our way (finally) to progress.

    maybe someday soon i will not be considered a second class citizen.

  3. says

    SSM is not recognized in Australia. You can’t be imprisoned for it, but you are not legally recognized as spouses here.

    Gillard’s attitude is disappointing, but Abbott is even worse (he’s a hardcore Christian). Both major parties are also playing the Race Card, with their “fear the illegal Asian immigrants” bullshit.

    I’m voting Green. Bob Brown is the only one in the entire race with any compassion or ethics, plus he’s Gay…

  4. John says

    After three years of broken promises, moral cowardice, and squandering of opportunities, it is hard to believe that this Labor government thinks it deserves another term. It wasn’t Tony Abbott’s election to lose. Labor’s spectacular incompetence on climate change, immigration, and believe it or not, labor issues, led to its downfall.

  5. Jo says

    I wish everybody would remember that she is the Acting Prime Minister, not the actual Prime Minister. You’re not the official Prime Minister until you’re voted in, which she wasn’t.

  6. KJ says

    Actually, Jo, a person is ‘officially’ the Prime Minister when the Governor-General of Australia appoints him/her in the name of the Crown. Australian voters do not get to vote for the PM, per se, but rather the party with the majority of the support in the House of Representatives, who then elect the PM.

    As such, Gillard is the actual PM (as of June 24, 2010).