So let's get this straight (pun intended):
- For the past year Tanya Plibersek (Labour/opposition party) has been carrying her bill on marriage equality through the halls of parliament trying to get a co-sponsor from the ruling Liberal/National party coalition (to give it bi-partisan support).
- No one from the ruling Liberal/National coalition has been interested.
- Ireland passes marriage equality, and the leader of the Labour party (Bill Shorten) decides enough is enough, announcing his own bill with Tanya Plibersek's support.
- Liberal/National cries foul, saying (as near as I can tell) Shorten is only doing it for attention, or something.
- Best guesses say there's not enough supportive votes in parliament to pass the bill, but Shorten is pushing forward anyway.
- Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (Liberal Party), states Shorten is a meanie, and that he wants a bill with bi-partisan support. How dare the other side actually do something on their own, right?
- Warren Entch (Liberal Party) who has supported LGBT rights for a decade, decides not to support the Labour bill for unknown reasons, but instead set up his own bill, with Graham Perrett (Labour) and others from the Greens and Independant members of parliament, to give Tony Abbott exactly that scenario. "Oh yeah? You mean like this, Abbott?"
In conclusion: Australia has nothing but a bunch of little school boys in parliament. But hopefully they manage to get something decent done.
I would love it though if Australia was for once ahead of Germany
. Please, please, please Australia? My other home country is being a doofus too.
Shorten's bill will be submitted to parliament on Monday (June 1st).