On Thursday, Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi did his job. Apparently, this is unacceptable and huge cause for concern.
Bernadi proposed a series of motions covering a range of issues including abortion funding, greater scrutiny on group GetUp! and White Ribbon Australia.
Do many of us believe these groups should come under more scrutiny? Yes.
When should these issues be raised? As soon as possible.
Calling White Ribbon an “anti-violence organisation” doesn’t make it void of scrutiny any more than winning Hollywood praise makes someone saintly. We all know that, don’t we?
If the SSM discussion raised one issue above all else, it is indeed that many people are concerned about “radical theories about gender and sexuality”. Why should that conversation end now?
Predictably left-wing reporting on Bernardi’s actions came with a rainbow spin. Are we all supposed to be still too busy dancing down Oxford Street to turn our attention to other issues that urgently need addressing?
His motions were described as “provocative”, it was labelled “Cory’s revenge”. It was said he “triggered messy Coalition divisions”. And, according to The Guardian, all “in a week when the government is being divided over how to respond to this week’s historic yes vote.”
Meanwhile, The Age asserted, “It was supposed to be a day of harmony in the Senate as Parliament basked in the loved-up glow of the postal survey result.”
Who are these people who dwell in this unfathomable, utterly bubble of bizarre victimhood?
Should politicians timetable tricky issues so that they don’t have too much to stew on at one time?
Should they have built in time to recover from the stress of the SSM survey?
Or, are they paid to front up, show up, and tackle hugely important issues?
It is not, never has been, and never will be any honest, committed politician’s role to keep peace in parliament and ease other’s discomfort. And I’m pretty sure taxpayers don’t shell out to fund a “day of harmony”.
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