Chris di Pasquale is “an LGBTI officer” with the National Union of Students. I became aware of this in the course of reading an article in the Illawarra Advertiser in which Mr di Pasquale is reported as attending a day of action at the University of Wollongong in support of the Union’s “Make Education Free Again’ campaign. The article commences with something of a non sequitur (emphasis added):
Donald Trump won the US presidency on the back of the Make America Great Again slogan. However, a spokesman for the National Union of Students says their “Make Education Free Again’ slogan has a positive message.
For the life of me I can’t see the subtle between-the-lines negativity of ‘Make America Great Again’. Possibly someone like Justice Mordy Bromberg, a keen legal mind versed in divining hidden meanings and motivations, could explain it to me.
Anyway, I was intrigued by Mr di Pasquale’ quaint idea that education has ever been ‘free’ so I decided to find out a bit more about him. While there’s not a lot of personal information about online, he is a proud contributor to Red Flag, self-described as a not-for-profit journal established by the Socialist Alternative in 2013. One of his essays in that august journal concerns, you guessed it, same-sex marriage and the fight for ‘marriage equality’. It makes interesting reading, primarily for what it doesn’t say. What it doesn’t say in particular is why the proposed plebiscite as a way of achieving ‘marriage equality’.
Here’s one excerpt:
The proposed plebiscite on marriage equality is not a way to ensure that the Australian population has a more democratic say over the issue. Poll after poll shows that about 60 percent of people, a clear majority, support marriage equality.
As we all know, polls can be constructed to get whatever result those paying for them desire. ‘Do not oppose’ is not the same as ‘support’, but if you don’t offer the first option you are going to inflate the number of putative ‘supporters’ by the addition by default of all those who don’t really care one way or another, the live and let live contingent. Among that claimed 60% there may only be 30% with a strong conviction who would go to the wall (no pun intended) over the issue — roughly equivalent, I would suggest, to those who strongly oppose the idea, also out of conviction.
Why then should that 30% be shouted down? Why should that body of opinion not be allowed to present its case? Given the bullying by same-sex marriage advocates — hotels intimidated into cancelling meetings of traditional-marriage supporters, for instance — it is clear that a plebiscite is the only means by which they can be heard in civilised debate.
To suggest that a plebiscite is less democratic than a free vote by MPs, themselves bullied and intimidated, is the height of hypocrisy. Tony Abbott is the bete noir of the ‘marriage equality’ fascists, routinely derided as a homophobe despite the fact that his whole personal history gives the lie to this cheap shot. His opposition to same-sex marriage is despite his acceptance and liking for many homosexuals (his sister and the late Christopher Pearson, to name but two). The plebiscite was his concession to the same-sex marriage lobby – a way of giving Conservative MPs cover – intended to defuse the concept as a partisan political issue. If the polls gay activistists are so fond of citing are accurate, they could have had ‘marriage equality’ by now. But they flung that option right back in his face. Why?
It is clear that it is not the result that is important to these activists but the means by which it is achieved. They can never find it acceptable to have ‘marriage equality’ bestowed upon them by the popular will of he allegedly homophobic masses. It must be seen as a ‘right’ that needs no democratic endorsement. More than that, as Safe Schools architect Roz Ward has stated, it will further weaken the Judeo-Christian foundations and traditions of our society, which Ms/Mr Ward regards as a good thing. If they get this over he line by means of a supposedly ‘free’ parliamentary vote it will not represent an advance in human rights; rather, another victory for the fascistic Left. And it won’t be the end of the matter, bet your bottom dollar on that.
It must be a plebiscite or nothing — and wavering Coalition MPs need to be made explicitly aware of that.