The politics of marriage equality in Australia have been nothing less than confusing.
It was hard enough to keep up when things were only happening every week or so, but the last few days alone have been a whirlwind of political activity that still (somehow) seems to be going nowhere.
At the moment it’s likely that postal plebiscite will go ahead (in which case, ensure you are enrolled so that you can vote: click here for more info) but if the last few days have been any indication, anything could still happen.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and a little lost, don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s been going on happened, and where we’re headed from here.
Students gathered all over the country today to protest the changes to education funding announced in this year’s budget.
The government cut 2.8 billion from universities and dropped the income threshold for HECS-help loan repayments from $55,000 to $42,000, and will phase in tuition rises of 7.5 percent over the next four years.
Adelaide’s student rally, which began in front of parliament house, featured student activists and Greens MP Tammy Franks as key speakers, but fizzled out in Rundle Mall after police intervened in an altercation between a student protester and a Trump supporter counter-protesting at the event.
This article was also published in On Dit Magazine, Issue 85.4
Last month, Coopers Brewery copped heavy backlash for its partnership with The Bible Society, over a video about marriage equality. The video, produced by the Bible Society, featured Liberal MP’s Andrew Hastie and Tim Wilson debating the already beaten-to-death pros and cons of marriage equality, over a light beer provided by Coopers.