Possibly because it can’t be spun as a story about TEH EVIL UNION BOSSES or something (or at least not the right kind of story, but more of that later), there’s not much debate around the traps on the ALP conference’s endorsement of a fairly limited form of same sex civil unions along the lines of the Tasmanian legislation.
Andrew Norton has a post examining opposition from SDA head honcho Joe de Bruyn (who Gough Whitlam has described as “a Dutchman who doesn’t like dykes”) in light of some newly available survey data from the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2005.
Mr de Bruyn’s shop assistant members were 53% in favour, 32% against…
That’s one union boss we can do without in federal politics. All he’s pushing here is his own conservative view of the world, shared not by his membership but by the ex DLP-ers who seemingly put more effort into whipping up a storm about lesbians and IVF or whatever than securing better pay and conditions for people working in retail. Oh, and determining who the next secretary of the ACTU will be.