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I will just post this then go hide for a bit. Just when you thought my jokes were improving...
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It's like they want Australia to kick the Catholic church out. What is it good for anyway? The front bench are examples of Catholic education, so that sure as hell isn't worth preserving!
 
This semi-coherent rant was written by a conservative, right-wing, authoritarian Catholic, who was installed by the conservative right-wing authoritarian Catholic who is the Prime Minister to run the national curriculum. This was, in other words, written by the man responsible for what our children are taught in school.

It is, when it is parsable, made up almost entirely of lies and omitted facts.

"Debates about same-sex marriage must be seen in the broader context of marriage as one of society's most enduring and beneficial institutions. Since the dawn of time and in all societies, cultures and major religions, marriage involving a heterosexual relationship has been pre-eminent."

Omitted facts: 1) but not exclusively so. There have been homosexual marriages throughout history. Royal marriages are a very different case.  2) monogamy is, however, not such a common factor. Does this mean that the learned doctor will be happy to accept polygamy? It's a widely known practice across time and cultures. It was, after all, good enough for Solomon and David.
Lies: That the "broader context" we should not be allowed to debate marriage in is the one which he dictates is the correct one.

"Evidence that the benefits of being freed from a supposedly old-fashioned and inflexible definition of marriage have failed to materialise is detailed in the book Maybe 'I Do': Modern Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness, by Australian Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews."

Omitted Facts: Kevin Andrews didn't write this book in his role of Minister of Defence, he wrote it in his role as a member of the Catholic Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Lies: That Andrew's biased piece of turgid Catholic propaganda contains any facts whatsoever, let alone "evidence".

"What's to be done? The first step is to acknowledge that same-sex couples are already fully protected under the law. Couples share all the protections offered by marriage in areas such as superannuation, sharing property and other legal and financial arrangements."

Omitted Facts: We are not limited to what he tells us we are allowed to discuss or address. Marriage does not, despite his frothing, belong to him or the Catholic Magisterium.
Lies: The entire second sentence. De Facto couples are denied rights in law and in access to their partners all the time: in tax benefits, in access to their partner in medical emergencies, in access in old age, in inheritance. Same sex couple far, far, far more so.
More omitted facts: those rights he says that same-sex de facto couples have which means they don't need "marriage" were gained because the Human Rights Commission ruled that it was illegal not to extend them to same-sex couples. In the teeth of opposition from precisely people like himself. And that it is precisely people like himself who have declared the intention to gut the Human Rights Commission, in punishment for standing up for the rights of gay and brown people, over the Christian bigots.
More Lies: He and people like him have gained exemption for themselves from those rights that same-sex de-facto couples supposedly have. So those "rights" don't apply in interactions with any organisation or business which can plausibly claim a connection to the Catholic Church. Like, say, the Australian Catholic University where the good Dr Donnelly works.

"Finally, it has to be realised that defining marriage as between same-sex couples involves what in philosophy is known as a category mistake - an error in which something is incorrectly presented as belonging to a particular category, or mistakenly claiming that opposing things belong to the same category. In the same way it is impossible to describe night as day or day as night, it is impossible to define marriage as anything but the life-long union of a women and a man for the purpose of having children."

Wow, he's throwing around philosophical Terms of Art like he understands what they mean. I wonder if he has considered that under his definition, a "marriage" involving one or more sterile people is therefore a Category Error. As are any of the polygamous marriages we mentioned earlier. As, for that matter, is the entire concept of Roman Catholic religious orders as being "Marriage to God".




I would like to remind you that this man is the one who has the final say on what our children are taught in school. If that doesn't give you the screaming willies, then I don't know what will.

Oh, wait, yes I do: the Prime Minister of the nation and a frighteningly large proportion of his cabinet and back-bench are sitting right next to him in the ideological boat.
The idea of marriage between a man and a woman has been weakened in the past 50 years, giving rise to many problems. It's time we mounted a case against same-sex marriage.
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+Jane Rakali religious belief does not Define ones ability to lead .. Nor does in "prayer " have any room to provide for those who have not .. Those who have should not be allowed to speak for those who have not .. Despite the "god" the pray to ... We are as a humanity only as strong as those who suffer and go without .. So long has the political society mandated the sufferage of the poor and the needy .. Children shall go without food and shelter .. Education HA !! So many adults are educated yet not schooled !! so May policy not mandate the need to provide for the meek and needy .. Should already be law !! Throwing in my two cents .. 
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I think Jon Stewart nailed it in his satirical atlas: "Denmark : we're happy because you're not here". 
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Please sign the petition...... 
Bill Shorten and Labor believes it's time for marriage equality. Say you do too.
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You go Bill! There is just one thing about you that irks me and that is that YOU and God's Soldier are both cut from the same mould. He is an intolerant religious BIGOT who has no patience for people who do not possess the same warped disturbed mindset as his. I admire your stance and tolerance on issues such as EQUALITY for all. However when you win power at the next election will that tolerance change to something akin to what society presently has to endure. Bill you REALLY need to take a stronger stance against the straight out bigotry hypocrisy and lunacy that is currently running around Parliament passing itself off as good governance for all. Good luck in your quest!
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Would be a nice thing to be famous for, sighting this bird.
 
This may be the only picture you ever see of the Mt Lofty Ranges spotted quail-thrush. There's been no sightings of wild ones since 1977, but there's a chance a small family is out there in South Australia. Keep a look out!
Read more: http://bit.ly/1cs9IFi
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Anyone know which company it was? via +John Hummel 
Tim Elkins originally shared to US Politics:
 
Full story here: http://nyti.ms/1M1iMhi

FTA: "If Oak Flat were a Christian holy site, or for that matter Jewish or Muslim, no senator who wished to remain in office would dare to sneak a backdoor deal for its destruction into a spending bill — no matter what mining-company profits or jobs might result. But this is Indian religion."
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That can be fixed, if they're doing shit like this.
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A national rollout of the scheme is due to begin in July next year, following the completion of a trial in the Barwon region of Victoria, which began in July 2013.

However, disability advocates are concerned the state and federal governments have not yet signed a funding agreement for the rollout, and the details of what would be included remained unclear.
There is confusion about how the NDIS will work in Victoria and concern it may not be delivered on time as a bilateral funding agreement is yet to be signed, disability advocates and service providers say.
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Did anything come of that noise about national mental health programs? Or did our illustrious leaders realise that would involve funding support and housing then wander off back to beating the terrorism drum?
The prime minister has called for an urgent national approach to tackle domestic and family violence and yet crucial services for victims are being cut. The loss of support services is causing alarm, especially in regional areas where victims are already isolated. Hagar Cohen travelled to Broken Hill and Mildura to investigate.
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+Jane Rakali Same with us pensioners, They would like to see us gone as well.
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Good morning from Kyoto, Japan!!
Azalea added red to Japanese garden of Toji-in Temple founded by 1st Shogun of Muromachi Samurai Government, Takauji Ashikaga in 1341.
You can see house for tea ceremony called as Seiren-tei on the small hill.
おはようございます。
皐月が咲いた、等持院の日本庭園です。このお寺は室町幕府の初代将軍、足利尊氏が1341年に創建したもので、庭の奥に見えるのはお茶室の清漣亭です。
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Bad news for the river systems.
 
Our June to August climate outlook favours wetter-than-average conditions for parts of Western Australia, but warmer and drier than usual in eastern Australia.

More on what’s ahead here: http://bom.is/co
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Here in FNQ (I live in Kuranda) there has been no good wet season for more than 4 years and the expectation for the foreseeable future offers no real improvement
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I don't care if your world is ending today... 
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I'm not an artist..........
I'm a piece of fucking art.......
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