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The first openly gay leader of Government?

By johnboy 12 October 2011 40

The ABC is carrying claims by keen RiotACT reader Andrew Barr to be the first openly gay leader of an Australian government.

Mr Barr is acting as Chief Minister for the first time this month while Ms Gallagher is on holiday.

He says his position reflects an evolution of society.

“There perhaps was a time in Australian society when it would’ve been virtually impossible to be openly gay and be in politics,” he said.

“I think we need only reflect back on a number of politicians who held high-profile positions who came out after their time in politics to prove that point.

Congratulations to him.

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Mr Gillespie 4:26 am 15 Oct 11

smeeagain said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh and also Mr Barr, did you know we already have a gay prime minister.

Yes that’s right! His name is Bob Brown!

Prime Minister? Did I miss an election?

Bob Brown seems to be the one calling the shots, at least where the Carbon Tax is concerned……

MWF 9:45 pm 14 Oct 11

dungfungus said :

And do you send your children to a private school Mr. Barr?

If he could, I’m sure he would.

Spykler 6:13 pm 14 Oct 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh and also Mr Barr, did you know we already have a gay prime minister.

Yes that’s right! His name is Bob Brown!

Possibly in his own mind- but he does appear to have some string-pulling ability.
Another one who enjoys a good blowing of his own trumpet..

cranky 7:01 pm 13 Oct 11

‘He says his position reflects an evolution of society’

There would be sod all evolution of the human race if we were all tarred with Barr’s brush!

creative_canberran 6:18 pm 13 Oct 11

The_TaxMan said :

smeeagain said :

Prime Minister? Did I miss an election?

Get real and keep up, who needs an election to become PM. Julia certainly wasn’t elected

You’re an idiot who has no understanding of the way government works.
Neither the Australian PM, nor the British PM or even the US President and directly elected. People who think they are are simpletons who probably should just stay at home on election day.

The PM is the leader of the party or coalition who has the confidence of the House of Representatives. That’s the Westminster System for you.

The US President isn’t directly elected either, despite popular perceptions. He is elected by an electoral college, whose representatives are elected by the public in the “Presidential Election”. If you bother to check the actual votes lodged in the electoral college, you’ll find examples where one or two of the reps will vote for people outside of the two front runners, or even for people not running for election!

Deref 3:06 pm 13 Oct 11

mareva said :

Astounded by the amount of casual gay swipes being taken by people on this thread. I’m going to go ahead and assume majority of you are 40+. If not I’m worried.

I object.

As a registered, card-carrying Old Fart, ignorance and homophobia aren’t restricted to my generation, sonny.

alaninoz 1:54 pm 13 Oct 11

The_TaxMan said :

Get real and keep up, who needs an election to become PM. Julia certainly wasn’t elected

Yes she was – once by the voters in her electorate, and again by the Labor Party caucus. That’s the way it usually works in Oz. Perhaps you were thinking that we have direct elections for the Prime Minister.We don’t.

The_TaxMan 1:48 pm 13 Oct 11

smeeagain said :

Prime Minister? Did I miss an election?

Get real and keep up, who needs an election to become PM. Julia certainly wasn’t elected

Solidarity 1:36 pm 13 Oct 11

Bob Brown is a homosexual?

I guess that identifies the Illuminati as male….

smeeagain 12:11 pm 13 Oct 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh and also Mr Barr, did you know we already have a gay prime minister.

Yes that’s right! His name is Bob Brown!

Prime Minister? Did I miss an election?

dungfungus 11:17 am 13 Oct 11

I-filed said :

So the ACT Government’s Labor politicians have told us loud and clear that it is perfectly in order to know, and discuss, their sexual preferences.

That means, one would think, that it is in order to ask questions about those politicians’ lives that are actually relevant to their work.

So: Andrew Barr, on how many working days do you catch the bus or cycle to work, and on how many days do you drive or are driven? On weekends, do you bus/cycle to the shops, or do you drive?

And, Andrew Barr, do you live in the kind of medium to high density housing that your government plans to require most Canberrans to live in?

Failure to answer those questions would I think be a strong indication that truthful answers would show you to be a hypocrite.

And given the invitation to discuss your sexuality, you cannot justify not answering.

And do you send your children to a private school Mr. Barr?

Mr Gillespie 10:13 am 13 Oct 11

Oh and also Mr Barr, did you know we already have a gay prime minister.

Yes that’s right! His name is Bob Brown!

Mr Gillespie 10:12 am 13 Oct 11

Evolution of society MY ARSE

There was “a time”, you mean back in the day of the dinosaur, before anyone of us were born, when this sort of thing was unacceptable, I’d hate to think what will be acceptable in 100 year’s time, if I was alive then……

Don’t get too sure of yourself Andrew Barr……

Thumper 9:39 am 13 Oct 11

He doesn’t do his job very well any other time, why would he start now?

Arguably so, but not the point 🙂

p1 9:33 am 13 Oct 11

I would not care in the slightest if my child is gay.

If they become a politician, I’ll disown them.

qbngeek 9:25 am 13 Oct 11

Thumper said :

I don’t care if he’s gay, straight, black, white, green, yellow or a reptoid, well, okay, maybe a tad worried if he’s a reptoid, as long as he does his job.

BWAHAHAHAHA

He doesn’t do his job very well any other time, why would he start now?

toriness 8:54 am 13 Oct 11

Thumper said :

I don’t care if he’s gay, straight, black, white, green, yellow or a reptoid, well, okay, maybe a tad worried if he’s a reptoid, as long as he does his job.

+1000 to the underlying sentiment and i look forward to the day when everyone thinks this way. doubt it’ll happen in our lifetime though :/

johnboy 8:30 am 13 Oct 11

Be worried, but not really, it’s the younger ones who can’t see why it’s a big deal.

Thumper 8:19 am 13 Oct 11

I don’t care if he’s gay, straight, black, white, green, yellow or a reptoid, well, okay, maybe a tad worried if he’s a reptoid, as long as he does his job.

mareva 7:51 am 13 Oct 11

Astounded by the amount of casual gay swipes being taken by people on this thread. I’m going to go ahead and assume majority of you are 40+. If not I’m worried.

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