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Mar 20, 2017

Why are conservatives singling out Alan Joyce over gay marriage?

After taking aim at Telstra for supporting marriage equality, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton turned his attack to Qantas' Alan Joyce.

There are 20 CEOs who signed the letter asking the government to legislate in favour of marriage equality — but just one is named over and over again by conservative columnists looking to discredit those who dare to say marriage equality would be good for business. After taking aim at Telstra for supporting marriage equality while failing to fix his home phone, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton turned his attack to Qantas’ Alan Joyce — a favourite target of News Corp columnist Miranda Devine. Today Devine wrote about how many of the CEOs are from overseas — singling out Irish-born Alan Joyce in the lead.

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  1. Zeke

    The courier mail’s Des Houghton should understand that we have TWO houses of parliament and therefore the Australian people chose to vote for a block on the plebiscite with good reason (Not binding hideously expensive and completely unnecessary, human rights should never be subject to a majority vote).

    Does the Courier Mail now allow overtly racist insults (calling Joyce a leprauchaun) to be printed in its newspaper? This is shameful and embarrassing. Is this what we’ve come to as a country? Allowing deliberately ill informed racists to sway opinion?

    1. thelorikeet

      Well, the Courier-Mail **is** shameful and embarrassing. At least I now know I can avoid sharing an aeroplane with Houghton simply by choosing a QF flight …

      1. leon knight

        Good point, and why does Crikey need to keep us informed of Akerman’s unbelievably ugly opinions on anything? I really look forward to his morbid obesity catching up with him, the world will be a better place.

    2. The Curmudgeon

      Time for Joyce to initiate an 18C case?

  2. Marjorie Carless

    We know when a political party is on the back foot, they go personal ie Alan Joyce, gay is the target at the moment personally plucked out of a group of people. Julia Gilliard had a dreadful time with Abbott and Hockey etc. They said such derogatory crude things about her because she was a woman and I believe this was the beginning of what is now the Tony Abbott negativity in government.

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