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Rainbow Report on Coalitions

February 13th 2012 06:06
Rabbi Shimon Cowen
Rabbi Shimon Cowen

The first coalition I want to talk about is the Safe Schools Coalition. This popular and successful initiative to tackle homophobic bullying in Victorian schools has come under an extraordinary attack from the Australian Family Association, whose patrons include such beacons of sanity as Margaret Court.

One of the other patrons is Rabbi Shimon Cowen, son of the late Sir Zelman Cowen, who claims that this important program is "dishonest, corrupt and unconstitutional".

I disagree. So do prominent Jewish community leaders. But they refuse to say so publicly. The full story is here.

Then I want to look at the missing coalition in parliament. Of course we all know that the Liberals and Nationals have a formal coalition, whereas Labor, the Greens and the Independents have a sort of de facto arrangement – which is quite appropriate really for a government led by Julia Gillard.

This de facto arrangement produces some fairly odd contortions – in parliament, I mean, not up at the Lodge.

Yesterday we had a green and a pink marriage bill, not to mention a little add-on from Andrew WIlkie. I’ll be asking Labor member Stephen Jones and Greens member Adam Bandt, wouldn’t it make more sense for you to make a temporary coalition and marry your two bills together?

And finally, after many delays, the ALSO Foundation is about to hold its AGM, delayed. ALSO is or was not so much a coalition as a chimera, a curious fusion of disparate groups all trying to fit under one not very secure umbrella.

Has it now found a way forward in its new streamlined mode, or will this be the graceful exit that has beckoned for so long? Wayne Elliss-Elliott puts us in the picture.

Joining me in the studio is Brett Hayhoe, the President of Pride March Victoria.

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Comment by melina

February 15th 2012 01:47
Really Long Link

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Great show challenging the status quo.

Comment by Anonymous

February 15th 2012 08:08
The lesson to be learnt is that just because one holds a prominent position in ANY community, it does not mean it reflects the views of ALL within that community .

That's not real leadership.................or decent goodwill in that individual.

Gold Doug as per usual!!!

Comment by Anonymous

February 20th 2012 05:07
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