Why are pol­lies so be­hind the times?

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - MATT DEANS ED­I­TOR

POLITI­CIANS don’t lead by ex­am­ple on the voice of the peo­ple, fast enough, any­more it seems.

Per­haps ex­plain­ing the short­ened life of public of­fice.

Are gov­ern­ments out of touch, still too con­ser­va­tive to make rapid change like the world does in a heart­beat these days?

Or are they al­ways a step be­hind the public sen­ti­ment for safety’s sake?

As read­ers know, power fol­lows the pop­u­lous vote, so how can the in­ac­tion on same-sex mar­riage be ex­plained in Aus­tralia this week­end.

“Be­hind the rest of the world” should be a term that doesn’t sit favourably.

The Nether­lands granted same sex mar­riage in 2001.

Then fol­lowed Ar­gentina, Bel­gium, Brazil, Canada, Colom­bia, Den­mark, France, Ice­land, Ire­land, Lux­em­bourg, Mex­ico, New Zealand, Nor­way, Por­tu­gal, South Africa, Spain, Swe­den, the United King­dom, the United States and Uruguay and so on.

Polls show ris­ing sup­port for the le­gal recog­ni­tion of same-sex mar­riage in the Amer­i­cas, Aus­tralia and most of Europe.

When change is in the wind, things should hap­pen fast enough for the peo­ple, and now long over­due is the time for ac­tion given the gov­ern­ment’s slid­ing pop­u­lar­ity and its elec­tion pledge of a plebiscite.

Beer brewer Coop­ers this week found out how fraught with dan­ger it can be if you mis­judge public opin­ion or try to hu­morise a public sore point and so it apol­o­gised in ut­ter dam­age con­trol.

With 20 CEOs of ma­jor com­pa­nies now call­ing for gov­ern­ment change as mar­riage equal­ity fo­rums were held across Aus­tralia – one in Coffs on Thurs­day night – op­po­nents must face the fact: na­ture proves you can­not stand in the way of love.

It was a quick board­room de­ci­sion for big com­pa­nies, yet it seems an unim­por­tant mat­ter of public busi­ness in Fed­eral Cab­i­net.

C’mon, this is a big enough is­sue to de­ter­mine the strength of a gov­ern­ment. Get on with it. Do the honourable thing and give the Aus­tralian public a choice.

Na­ture proves you can­not stand in the way of love.

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