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Star of Australian Stage and Screen, Michael Caton talks about Marriage Equality.

Michael Caton is an Australian television, film and stage actor, Comedian,and television host, best known for playing Uncle Harry in the Australian television series, The Sullivans, playing Darryl Kerrigan from 1997's low budget hit film The Castle and playing Ted Taylor in the popular Packed to the Rafters.

He is married to Helen Esakoff. Caton has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in honour of his work in Australia's cinema and television industries.

He is now talk in out about the current Marriage Equality Postal Survey, telling us all about his progression to knowing LGBTQI people and the impact this vote will have on him and his friends.

A heart wrenching and touching description of why voting is so important can be watched by clicking here.

 

 

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As Australia heads to a survey on Equality...

The marriage Equality debate has ignited in Australia as the country lags behind the rest of the western world in making equality happen. The debate and so called discussion has brought out some interesting reactions. 

The debate and so called discussion has brought out some interesting reactions. 

The normally flamboyant and over the top LGBTQI community (think glitter and marching groups) are being incredibly more sophisticated and grown up than the so called "Australian Christian Lobby" who are acting NOTHING like Christians.

It gives you hope that a cohesive and united Australia is how we work best.

When fringe elements from any side get a hold of an issue - it always turns ridiculous and turns people off... so why bring it up? Because it takes the middle folk - us - so called "normal" people to want to make the difference. We can't rely on politicians to do the job (thus the postal "survey") and these ads are just highlighting the ridiculousness of the argument that some are putting forward. It's hard to believe an ad from the ACL that includes "actors" - sorry - talking heads, that are paid employees of the company that produced the advert. We - the masses - need to actually stand up and say something - it may not affect us directly, but somewhere down the line it does. We can't be complacent. We can't think our elected officials would do it anymore - we need to actually get up and go and help someone who needs our help.

A large group of conservative politicians are voting Yes, and have formed a "group" to show their support of equality. Lead by the president of the Federal Liberal party no less. The Prime Minister is in favour, the only hold out is EX Prime Minister and the member for Warringah, Tony Abbott - who's personal views outshine his constituents. So he is going to vote against the wishes of his electorate.... that's just what you need in a politician - a self-serving, self-appointed, view in the parliament. 

You might think us biased... well, kinda - we do think ALL Australians should be treated equally. So yes, in that way we are...  as the anthem says - For we are young and free...

We also take issue with the fact we are spending a HUGE amount of money on a survey, when it was Prime Minister John Howard's government that actually changed the Marriage Act to EXCLUDE same sex couples only a few years ago...  and they did it without an expensive survey or asking fellow Australians to judge other Australians... 

It's time to just get on with it, change it BACK and make ALL Australian's equal. It's not going to hurt anyone - it's not going to impede on religious freedom and all it will do is strengthen our democracy.

We - along with 89% of our readers (from a recent survey) - will be voting YES to equality.

 

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Kevin Rudd backs Marriage Equality

Former Australian Prime Minsiter, Kevin Rudd has come out publicly to back the positive engagement of a secular backing of Equal marriage for all Australians, including those in a same sex relationship.

 

Publishing a piece on his own websites blog, the former PM has "evolved" on the situation - like the vast majority of Australians, who want equality for all citizens.

 

Labor, under the leadership of Julia Gillard will allow a free conscience vote on the issue - however, LNP Leader, Tony Abbott will not even allow his members a conscience vote on the issue, even though conscience votes are the backbone of the structure of the Liberal Party.

 

Many senior LGBTIQ elders have been in long term relationships, and having a secular marriage (civil marriage) will remove the final peice of descrimination forced upon LGBTIQ members of our community.

 

You can read Mr Rudd's piece on his website here.

 

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