So the weekend just gone has had yet another ACT Labor Party conference come and go with hardly a ripple throughout the city’s media. How different self government has made the ACT Branch and its conferences. In years past where the conference ran for two days not the current one day limp-a-thon of extreme nothingness the party rank and file members continue along the path of irrelevance driven by the desire of the elected members to make the party work for them.
Lets look at what the major issue was for the party which has governed our city for nearly a decade, the first post Stanhope conference (unfortunately due to the granting of life membership the assembled masses were not saved from yet another of the dear leaders speeches hopefully he won’t be back next year to bore everyone some more, 10 years was more than enough) the first conference of the rule of the Gen Xers so what did we get?
A new focus of the challenges that face the city, education, health, planning, economic growth, expanding the private sector, electoral reform, the environment, new employment opportunities, transport options? No none of the above.
What drove the conference what issues burned through the conference what was the set piece for the media what issues consumed the new treasurer and the government; marriage equality or as most of the population knows it gay marriage.
Now don’t get me wrong here I genuinely don’t care about this issue if gays want the same rights to be as unhappy as the straight population and to complain about their partners I’m not going to stand in there way but really is this the hottest issue in the town and what does it say about the focus of the GenNext leadership of the ACT ALP?