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Aug 16, 2011

The Far Right's Day Trip To Canberra

You might have heard today about a co

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You might have heard today about a couple of rallies by the far-right in Canberra. There was one by the anti-marriage campaigners (that News Ltd mysteriously calls “pro-marriage” despite the fact that their stated sole aim is to stop consenting adults they don’t like getting married), and there was one by the anti-Labor, sorry, anti-“carbon tax” groups, riled up by talkback radio and bused in by those same groups.

Greg Jericho has more shots of the rally on his yfrog account, including this hilarious sign blaming Gillard for floods.

And apparently giving some unhelpful shout-outs to 2GB, which is busy claiming it was only there to report, you know, like objective journalists:

Shhh! Ixnay on the nisingorgay! We’re officially just here as observers!

PS: Barnaby Joyce on marriage equality:

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce said his four daughters would be affected if same sex marriage was allowed.

“We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband and I want that to happen for them. I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me.”

Does he think some of them are closet lesbians who might be tempted to marry another woman if the option were available to them? Really? Or does he think that men will just give up on marrying women if the option of marrying men were available? Would he?

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75 thoughts on “The Far Right’s Day Trip To Canberra

  1. SHV

    According to an opinion piece in today’s NY Times:


    [Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.

    Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.]

    Which begs the question, who thinks Australians are so bent on bothering god that going down this path is a good idea? And, why is anyone who thinks that way in a position to manipulate our politics?

  2. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    Here’s Angry Anderson (and friends) from the Lateline transcript:

    ANGRY ANDERSON, CARBON TAX PROTESTER: There is something insidiously evil going on behind this mask of a carbon tax. Maintain your rage!

    TOM IGGULDEN: At times the rhetoric took on a semi-religious dimension.

    ANGRY ANDERSON: We are driven by forces we don’t fully understand. They are the forces that, as I believe, are of the divine inspiration – but that’s another story.

    ANTI-CARBON TAX PROTESTER [actually another speaker – Jack]: You uplift us, you excite us.

    BANARBY JOYCE, NATIONALS SENATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the Messianic figure is not going to ride over the horizon. You are it. You are the thing that will take our nation back.

    Hallelujah, Brothers and Sisters!