The articles ‘Land of the fair has fair way to go on same-sex marriage’ and ‘A matter of conscience or convenience’, and the illustration by Leunig were written in 2011-2012 were all focused on the topic of gay marriage and the laws restricting it in Australia. In The Age article, the Prime Minister’s old fashioned view on something that has become the norm has become out-dated, which she refuses to accept. There are also two significant ‘us’ and ‘them’ groups; between Julia Gillard and her party, and Julia and the more accepting community in Australia. In the Herald Sun article, President Barack Obama has just declared his support of same sex marriage, which caused a big reaction around the world, both good and bad. Yet after that big announcement, Australia failed to follow suite in changing our laws to allow gay marriage. The article, Land of the fair go has fair way to go on same-sex marriage, was an opinion piece in the Herald Sun, published on 13th May, 2012. The article’s main contention is the Australian Government’s lack of acceptance towards gay marriage and the questionable reasons for this stance that politicians put forth. Prime Minister Julia Gillard expresses her stance on the issue of same-sex marriage; “My view hasn’t changed and when a bill comes into the parliament later this year, I won’t vote for it”. It seems that the MP’s need to come up with a better reason than ‘because’ in opposing this matter. Suicide is also the biggest cause for death in youths around Australia, so the discrimination from the government isn’t helping to lower these statistics in any way.
The article, a matter of conscious or convenience, was an opinion piece in The Age, published on 16th February, 2009. The article’s main contention is the Prime Minister’s old fashioned view on something that has become the norm, which she refuses to accept. It has finally come to a tipping point of Australians who now accept and believe that being gay is a fact of life and should...
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