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Opinion: QLD Liberals strugglewith equality

Queensland’s Liberal leader Campbell Newman needs to take better advantage of the Katter-inspired same-sex marriage debate if he wants to win the Queensland state election, writes Aaron Best.


I watched this morning as Gorgi Coghlan on The Circle interviewed Campbell Newman (pictured above). She asked a simple question: ‘Do you personally support gay marriage?’

After repeating the question several times and even making it multiple choice, Newman squirmed and veered his response back to the Liberal National Party stance and also to Bob Katter before ultimately not providing an answer.

This is the second time in recent months I have seen a member of the Liberal Party avoid very simple closed questioning, the first being Julie Bishop on the topic of who should lead the Labor Party during their recent leadership battle.

Bishop’s evasion of the question was more or less justified – she could not reveal the information without also revealing the deeper thinking within her party and possibly putting them at a disadvantage against the Labor Party.

However Newman’s evasion was a missed opportunity to possibly further his grasp in the upcoming Queensland election. Rather than fumble around words as the interviewer gets obviously agitated, he should reaffirm his stance, which in essence is:

‘I believe same-sex marriage is an inevitability in this country and support it in the interest of a unified Australia, at this stage however I will continue to stand by the values of the Liberal party, those values that attracted me to this party and have made the party great. As long as I am in this position I will continue to uphold the values and responsibilities of the Liberal Party to the best of my ability and the approval of our supporters.’

It is not a promise that he will make same-sex marriage legal, in fact it is the opposite, but it shows that he is confident in his beliefs and still mindful of his responsibilities and the values of those he represents – surely one of the core ideals supporters of the Liberal Party look for in their representatives. It would show a willingness to put the people of Queensland ahead of himself.

I am in no way a Liberal supporter, but I will always respect someone with strong principles and values, whether I agree with them or not. In the same way that Penny Wong stood by her party stance in the interest of unity on the same topic, even though it was obviously a very personal issue for her, you have to respect that level of duty and responsibility.

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AvZ1987

AvZ1987 said on the 13th Mar, 2012

I got confused when I read "It is not a promise that he will make same-sex marriage legal..." as marriage is a federal law and only the Federal Government can amend the marriage act.

State Government are responsible for civil unions, not marriage.

Doolander

Doolander said on the 14th Mar, 2012

%u2018I believe same-sex marriage is an inevitability in this country and support it in the interest of a unified Australia, at this stage however I will continue to stand by the values of the Liberal party, those values that attracted me to this party and have made the party great. As long as I am in this position I will continue to uphold the values and responsibilities of the Liberal Party to the best of my ability and the approval of our supporters.

Did Campbell Newman say that?

mark_

mark_ said on the 14th Mar, 2012

The pollies have to please the maximum number of potential voters and not chase the votes of a small, special-interest group. We're in a democracy.

HubbaHubba

HubbaHubba said on the 14th Mar, 2012

This is just like the gillard marriage issue. He obviously supports us but is being attacked by some gay advocates anyway as if that is going to make him more of an ally to us. Isn't it better that homophobes believe that he is against gay marriage, yet in the party roOm he fights for us? I saw this stupid clip of him being hounded by a presenter on the circle. That woman made out like he was being unreasonable when in reality it was Katter who was the enemy. She didn't do us any favours. But then what do u expect from the circle

local_warming

local_warming said on the 14th Mar, 2012



Id say 98.4% of australians only found out that show existed ofter their recent goofy jibes at the victoria cross winner