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  MORENEWS> Sydney Star Observer - Issue 893 - Published 15/11/2007
LIBERALS PREFERENCE CHRISTIANS   by Harley Dennett

John Challis

Three days after Malcolm Turnbull’s re-announcement of interdependency reforms to superannuation, gay and lesbian constituents were still waiting for the Liberal Party to acknowledge the commitment.

Despite the blanket media coverage, Wentworth residents who phoned the Liberal headquarters were told variations on “I’m not sure he said that” and “we haven’t made any announcement”.

Turnbull’s address to the Gay and Lesbian Business Association pipped the much quieter real announcement by Finance Minister Nick Minchin over the weekend.

The policy release coincided with a Galaxy poll that found Turnbull neck and neck with Labor’s George Newhouse, with Greens preferences.

But if Turnbull hoped it would help win votes in the marginal seat, it has instead been received with widespread disappointment for not going further.

“The Coalition is not ruling out removing discrimination against interdependent relationships in other areas,” a spokeswoman for Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said.

“The [superannuation] reforms will be implemented as soon as possible subject to competing legislative priorities.”

Over half a million members in military, judiciary, parliamentary and public service schemes will be eligible to nominate a same-sex or interdependent partner for a reversionary pension or an annuity payout on death.

The estimated cost is $40 million over the next term, with a total unfunded liability of $1.8 billion – half of which pertains to same-sex couples.

“The Government has been disposed to making this change for some time, but until recently, the cost of expanding the range of relationships eligible for death benefits was prohibitive,” Minchin said.

Former ABC employee John Challis had been the loudest voice campaigning on the issue of superannuation equality – saying at age 79 he and his partner couldn’t afford the luxury of patience.

But having received a commitment from both potential governments, Challis said he is now free to vote on other issues – like global warming.

Meanwhile, Senate preferences in NSW have been announced with the Coalition giving first priority to the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) followed by Family First.

Labor has nominated first preference to the Greens, who have in turn placed Labor before the Coalition.


 
 
User Comment
 

Submitted by Oliver, from Kirribilli, NSW,on the 21/11/2007 6:52:45 PM

Lets all stick together and vote Labor!! and get the idiot out of office. He doesnt deserve Kirribilli House and the Lodge anymore!


 

Submitted by Chris, from Darlinghurst,on the 21/11/2007 1:58:10 PM

Turncoat Turnbull is preferencing Family First and Fred Niles Christian Democrate Party ......so much for supporting our community....lol ..on Saturday put the lieberals where they put us .LAST!!! and those collaborators within our community who have supported Turnbull ..hang your heads in shame.


 

Submitted by richard, from surry hills,on the 21/11/2007 1:20:05 PM

A simple equation: Liberal Party + Family First = bigotry + exclusion * 1000


 

Submitted by Jon, from Rushcutters Bay,on the 19/11/2007 9:23:47 PM

Malcolm Turnbull you are embarrassing yourself - please don't pretend to support our community anymore, as your grubby preference deal with Family First and Fred Nile's Christian Democrats proves you are not our friend. And what a roll call of dishonour lends their name to your ad in last week's SSO. Hang your head in shame Joh Bailey and Tim Berry you are publicly supporting a party that is preferencing homophobes!


 

Submitted by Walter, from NSW,on the 19/11/2007 1:05:10 PM

According to Brian Greig, public sector superannuation reforms were originally promised by the Coalition in 2004 and is on public Hansard record. This is reported in this SSO article: http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=6509 Why should we believe the Coalition now, when they promised back in 2004 that they would implement this "as soon as possible" - another broken promise. Please don't take the us for fools.


 

Submitted by Ronson, from Katoomba,on the 19/11/2007 11:47:31 AM

Turnbull had whinge this morning to Virginia Trioli on Sydney 702 radio about the ALP/Greens preference swap, he failed to mention that his preferences (as are many of the Liberals) going to Family First and Fred Niles CDP. For a person who tries to project himself as a small-l Liberal (an extinct species, I believe), giving his preferences to far-right religious parties is a strange decision.


 

Submitted by Gary, from Woollahra,on the 19/11/2007 7:44:19 AM

Malcolm Turnbull is preferencing Family First and Fred Nile here in Wentworth. I don't think you could say Turnbull's choice to support bigots and fascists is a move supported by gay aussies ? Vote Turnbull and his mangy maggot Liberal Party out of office this Saturday.


 

Submitted by Paul, from Gosford,on the 16/11/2007 11:41:20 PM

VOTE LABOUR, VOTE LABOUR I DO NOT TRUST "HOMOPHOBIC" HOWARD (THE MAN THAT SAID THERE WILL NEVER BE A GST, THERE WILL NEVER BE INTEREST RATE RISES, ETC) SORRY HOMOPHOBIC HOWARD YOU LIER; YOU LOSE I HOPE YOU CRASH AND BURN HOWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO KEVIN RUDD GO KEVIN RUDD!!!!!!!!! I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!


 

Submitted by Stuart, from Kangaroo Point, Qld,on the 16/11/2007 11:15:07 PM

And we should believe the Liberal Party because? They have had 11 long years to change the laws, then at the 11th hour before an election, they say they might - MIGHT - change one law out of over 50 that discriminates against gays and lesbians "subject to competing legislative priorities". What complete BS. Does anyone seriously believe this pack of serial liars?


 

Submitted by Ben, from sydney,on the 15/11/2007 10:22:44 AM

Malcolm Turnbull refers to "Interdependent relationships". Meaning what? Brother and sister? Pot plant and Watering Can? It's called a "same-sex" relationship. And it deserves recognition in ALL 58 areas of discrimination.



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