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Apr 7, 2017

Absent any legitimate argument against gay marriage, conservatives turn to symbolism

Eric Abetz's legacy will be of the dumped former frontbencher who was obsessed with rainbow flags and rings.

When the current self-appointed standard-bearer for the conservative cause Eric Abetz came into Parliament in 1994, he set his sights on legislation the then-Labor government was looking to implement to override the Tasmanian Liberal government’s refusal to decriminalise homosexuality. It passed, but before that happened, Abetz was there to put out a press release stating: “Federalism perverted to allow sodomy and incest”. 

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  1. Northy

    One of your best pieces Josh, thank you. ‘The big red EXCLUSIVE marks every article simply because no one else is engaging in their culture war’ – sums it up perfectly. What a sad, ugly, pitiful newspaper it has become.

    1. Northy

      Actually I glanced at a pile of Oz’s untouched on a supermarket shelf last week and noticed that the top front page story was something like ‘EXCLUSIVE: Anglican bishop hits out at gay marriage activists’. You don’t say. Some exclusive there, well worth front page treatment.

    2. Lesley Graham

      Totally, and the reality is that they aren’t left with anything to cling to, or to defend their argument.

    3. Lesley Graham

      Totally, and the reality is that they aren’t left with anything to cling to, or to defend their argument.

  2. AR

    That pic of Erica used for the last couple of issues makes him look almost pleasant. What’s that old saw about book & cover?

  3. margaret handasyde

    I suggest that Senator Eric is not taken very seriously in Tasmania!. Recently at an enrolment day for The School For Seniors, his name came up in conversation (senior citizens may be seen as having conservative views here), I can safely state that the response was a collective GROAN at the mention of his name. His attitudes and Christian ideology do not pass for Tasmanian representation on the issues he so hotly espouses ad nauseam.