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December 4, 2017

Hello

You may have noticed that, like many other of our former contributors, I’m not around these parts much anymore.

I’ve come to the realisation that running a blog isn’t worth all the effort it requires particularly with a dwindling group of participants and especially with so many other forums for people to participate in.

But perhaps, more than a few months ago, it became apparent that this blog had degenerated from a place to one where we could talk about politics and life issues and such like, and instead become a place where people who had became so familiar with each other to some extent, could instead engage in public slanging match with some of the abuse becoming very personal and offensive.

From my perspective, there’s little point in running a blog where this sort of abuse was occurring – especially if it was being facilitated by me.

So I kind of stood back, occasionally venturing back in to see what the temperature was like, occasionally commenting, and then occasionally opting out for a while. But it was clear that the blog had become a shadow of its former sense.

During this time, a lot of people decided to opt permanently out and frankly who can blame them.

So this is just a note to thank everyone for making this place what it once was.

I’m mostly on Twitter these days and commenting at The Guardian where it’s much more fun and I don’t have to do any work..! 🙂

So thank youse all for being part of The Gutter Trash.

yours

reb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marriage Equality is not Malcolm Turnbull’s victory to claim

November 15, 2017

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While many of us are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the Marriage Equality postal survey delivered a landslide victory for the YES supporters, it would be disingenuous for Malcolm Turnbull to claim the outcome as a victory for his leadership.

Desperate to claim credit for almost anything that may resuscitate his dire polling, the PM has been hitting the airwaves to claim that the massive turnout is a vindication for his decision to inflict the postal plebiscite on the Australian public.

Make no mistake, many LGBTIQ people didn’t want this divisive plebiscite. We didn’t want to be subjected to the slanders, the undermining of our relationships, the attacks on our families, yet Turnbull went ahead all the same.

The plebiscite was always about delaying marriage equality. Orchestrated by prominent NO supporter Tony Abbott, the plebiscite (or postal survey as it later emerged) unleashed a torrent of abuse and accusations that had little to do with the matter at hand – allowing loving couples to marry.

The fact that Turnbull caved in to the postal survey proposal demonstrates his weakness as a leader. The fact that so many people voted isn’t vindication of his decision to go ahead with the postal survey. We didn’t have a choice.

Marriage equality wasn’t achieved because of Malcolm Turnbull. It was achieved despite him. It’s not his victory to claim.

 

 

Senator Helen Coonan: Then and Now!

November 2, 2017

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From the files of “Where are they now,” take a journey with former government minister Helen Coonan

Once a prominent member of the Howard government, The Gutter Trash can reveal that Helen Coonan, the former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, has moved on from her post political life and now enjoys a successful career as a drag artist starring in a number of revues and ‘one woman’ cabaret acts around the inner Sydney gay strips of Darlinghurst and Newtown.

Born in the NSW town of Mangoplah in 1947, Helen attended boarding school in Wagga Wagga before moving to the University of Sydney to complete her law degree. She then embarked on a diverse legal career that included starting her own legal firm, becoming a partner in a large commercial law firm and working as a commercial barrister.

However a career in drag never seemed far away with Helen paying careful attention to her hair and makeup during most media conferences and senate enquiries which she clearly relished.

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Taking time to smell the roses

A fan of musical theatre, and a keen follower of fashion and haberdashery, Helen believes in a sensible work-life balance, taking time to smell the roses and not taking life too seriously.

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Always bubbly and full of life

Helen passed up the opportunity to host a day time talk show although she remains good friends with Kerri Anne Kennerley who she calls a good friend, confidante and “an inspiration.”

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A rare bad hair day

Fans of Helen can catch her new show at Kinsela’s on Taylor Square, Sydney every Saturday night.

Book at Ticketmaster.

Former PM Tony Abbott wants Martial Law

September 28, 2017

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Former PM Tony Abbott has been ordered by senior colleagues to ‘get a grip’ after suggesting the Army could invade the states which don’t expand natural gas production.

Mr Abbott called on his successor Malcolm Turnbull to invoke “defence powers”, telling The Gutter Trash the government could then take control over the management of resources from the states.

His drastic response to warnings of a possible gas shortage next year was an implied criticism of Mr Turnbull’s deal with three major gas suppliers yesterday to ensure potential exports would be used to protect the domestic market from gas scarcities.

The suggestion was immediately laughed off by his senior colleagues.

“No we’re not interested in a khaki solution,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said curtly today.

Another senior Government source said the move would be illegal.

“The Defence Powers are a wartime provision. There is no way the High Court would allow it to be used like that,” said the source.

The defence powers allow the Commonwealth to impose domestic new controls during wartime, such as rationing and price fixing.

They have never been seen as a means to control the market or other governments during peace time.

 

 

End of the world still coming soon.

September 25, 2017
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The end of the world is still coming soon, Christian numerologists say — it was just postponed.

Saturday passed without the world coming to an end, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

The Doomsday writer who claimed that the world would end on Sept 23 now says it will end on October 21.

Christian numerologist David Meade predicted Sept 23 as the date a mysterious Planet X would collide with Earth based largely on verses and numerical codes in the Bible.

Meade said his prediction is based on ‘secret codes’ found in the Bible, specifically in the apocalyptic Book of Revelation. He said recent events, such as the solar eclipse and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, are omens of the approaching apocalypse.

The significant number is 33, according to Meade.

“Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God for the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” he said. “It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible…and merging the two.”

Sept 23 is also 33 days since the Aug 21 solar eclipse.

Meade has built his theory on the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, which he says would pass Earth on Sept 23. This will cause volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes, he said.

DOOMSDAY IS NOT ON SATURDAY AFTER ALL, WRITER SAYS AFTER PREDICTING END OF THE WORLD

However, the author has since clarified that October will be the month of “action” and “seven years” of war and disaster will begin Oct. 21.

“It is possible at the end of October we may be about to enter into the seven-year Tribulation period, to be followed by a Millennium of peace,” Meade told The Gutter Trash.

NASA said Planet X does not exist.

 

 

Religious discrimination works both ways.

September 7, 2017

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Perhaps one good thing that will come of this so-called “marriage equality debate” will be the realisation that religion has no place in a secular society, and finally I will stop having to ‘tolerate’ my so-called friends and relatives who believe in sky fairy nonsense (and seek to live their lives by it and impose those same ‘rules’ on others who don’t subscribe to those fanciful beliefs), in much the same way as they believe that this so-called ‘postal vote’ allows them licence to impose their ‘god sanctioned’ views on others. Pfft..!

At least we can dispense with the notion of ‘tolerance’ when you realise that most ppl who adhere to these ‘sky fairy’ scriptures would actually be institutionalised as ‘dilusional’ in the 21st century rather than holding sway over the equal rights of otherwise normal everyday citizens.

It’s about time logic was allowed to prevail over religious dogma. And it’s probably going to happen right about now.

In other words. “religious discrimination” – it works both ways, fuckers.

 

The battle for Marriage Equality gets Ugly

August 10, 2017
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Moderates fear this is the type of hate campaign religious zealots will resort to.

If this postal plebiscite ‘survey’ is allowed to go ahead it’s going to unleash a torrent of hate-speak sanctioned with government approval that’s unprecedented in Australia’s modern history.

The Turnbull government has already confirmed that customary protections against hate-speak have been abandoned for the purposes of this non-binding excursion into the depths of depravity and the usual suspects are already straight out of the starting blocks with Tony Abbott urging voters to get behind the ‘no’ campaign, ACL boss Lyle Shelton labelling children of same sex parents ‘the stolen generation‘ and Fred Nile slamming ‘same sex marriage’ an ‘abomination against god.’

 

And this is like only day two. Once these fuckers get organised it’s going to be a race to the bottom.

Turnbull may live to regret his decision to pursue this course of action, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten quite rightly slamming Turnbull’s capitulation to the religious fanatics in his party insisting that he will be held to account for the damage this will do to not just the LGBTIQ community but their families, extended families, and the broader community who are more inclined to appreciate the benefits that flow from a harmonious society rather than those who would seek to divide us..

Shorten rightly says that Turnbull will be personally responsible for “every hurtful bit of filth” unleashed by public debate on the same-sex marriage postal survey, and says that Labor will pull out all the stops and campaign for a “yes” vote.

An appeal has already been lodged with the High Court challenging the legitimacy of the ‘survey’ process, so the entire sorry sage may not even get off the ground.

Regardless of whether that transpires, it’s evidently clear that Turnbull has been an abject failure of a Prime Minister on so many levels from climate change to the NBN to ‘jobs and growth,’ healthcare and education, and this entirely preventable campaign of hate will be his most enduring legacy, not to mention the final nail in the coffin of perhaps the most ineffectual Federal Government in Australian history.

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