Archive for September 23rd, 2012
The State and capital will attack the Other – whether it be indigenous Australians, Muslims or refugees – for their own benefit. They will not investigate one of their own, in this case the Catholic Church over child abuse, unless there is real pressure from below to do so.
For marriage equality campaigners the conclusion has to be that changing public opinion, changing the ALP’s platform and lobbying MPs are not strategies that alone will force the Gillard government to change its policy. We must continue the public pressure brought about by mass demonstrations – an important feature of the marriage equality campaign to date – and force the issue again into the spotlight in Canberra.