Well, about time, says Miss Eagle.
The Hon. Warren Entsch MLA, Liberal Member for Leichhardt, and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources is to introduce a private member's bill later this year to recognise same-sex interdependent relationships under all federal legislation.
Now before the religious right in the U.S. nod sagely and say what else would be expected of a liberal, Miss Eagle would advise them that a Liberal in this country is not the same as a liberal in their country. A Liberal in Australia is a member of the dominant conservative party in this country, the Liberal Party, which is in government Federally and whose leader, John Howard, is a great friend of George W. Bush. The U.S. equivalent is a Republican.
A few years ago the Howard Government hastened to introduce legislation to circumvent gay marriage or recognition of gay marriage. Heaven forbid that gay couples should pledge themselves one to another publicly!
This legislation is to remove discrimination and is well overdue. And for all those big macho types out there, Miss Eagle has no idea whether Entsch is gay or straight himself - but if, dear Reader, you are into some strange form of stereotyping then he does wear a moustache. Read his cv here.