The debate on same-sex civil unions continues, with a press release from Jon Stanhope stating the new legislation is not ‘anti-Christian’, as the Australian Christian Lobby asserts, but about ‘inclusiveness’. Jim Wallace has in turn responded that Stanhope has no mandate as claimed.
There has been some vigorous debate on this site about the merits of same-sex civil unions (or otherwise) but a big part of the issue is the right of the ACT to govern for its citizens which have elected it. If a state passed similar laws, as Victoria and Tasmania are likely to do, the federal government would not be able to overturn them so easily, despite what they thought of the actual laws. The feds forced self government upon us, but won’t allow us to govern ourselves if our laws don’t meet their moral criteria. Butt out Rudd!