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Suckered by the LGBTIQ bullies

Suckered by the LGBTIQ bullies

Big names in Australian business have come out for a “yes” vote on same-sex marriage as the postal survey begins, arguing it is their duty to stand up for diversity and equality.

Cardboard billionaire and Australia’s richest man Anthony Pratt said, he and his Visy empire were in favour of marriage equality. “The reason is I believe that people have the right to pursue the life they choose. We are happy to lend our voice to this cause,” he told Fairfax Media.

Pratt’s notion is hard to argue except that many of his employees are afraid to say no at their workplace. Also, his PC words ignore the fact that people, no matter what gender, are truly “married” in their hearts and minds—not on a piece of paper and changing a law will never change that. Except to create potentially  expensive, legal complications when such unions fail and spite becomes the order.

Source: Fairfax

I get into a lot of trouble for this’: Big business leaders come out in support of same-sex marriage

By the numbers: 7 in 10 to vote YES

Latest Ipsos/Fairfax poll show 70 per cent support same-sex marriage are among those ‘certain’ to vote, however only 65 per cent of the public are ‘certain’ they will particpate in the upcoming postal vote.

Cardboard billionaire and Australia’s richest man Anthony Pratt led the charge, declaring he and his Visy empire were in favour of marriage equality.

“The reason is I believe that people have the right to pursue the life they choose. We are happy to lend our voice to this cause,” he told Fairfax Media.

“I think the job of business is firstly to create jobs and secondly to do good in society – this issue is part of that second category.”

Mr Pratt was joined by AGL chief executive Andy Vesey, who on Monday night addressed a function for LGBTI staff at Parliament House, twice declaring it the highlight of his high-profile day in Canberra. He said “inclusion for all” was central to the electricity provider’s ethos.

“We want to remind people of those values. We want all our people to feel welcome … we want all our people to bring everything they have [to work] and not to have fear,” Mr Vesey said.

“But I will tell you something else – and I get into a lot of trouble for this – I am telling you that personally I am supportive, that personally I will stand up, personally I will put my name on this.

ill back same-sex marriage. Photo: Nic Walker

“Because that’s how the world changes – it changes by people willing to stand up and say what they believe. This is the right side of history, this is important to people.”

The expressions of support came as Qantas boss Alan Joyce, a vocal backer of same-sex marriage, donated $1 million to the “yes” campaign, the largest known financial contribution to either side so far.

Meanwhile, as Coca-Cola lit up its famous Kings Cross sign in rainbow colours on Tuesday night, the company issued a statement in support of a “yes” vote.

“Every person has the right to happiness, so we believe it’s time for a change in Australia. No matter who you are or who you love, all couples should be treated equally,” it said.

Its Sydney-based regional president Roberto Mercade said it was “the right time” for his firm to stand up for same-sex marriage.

“We’ve always stood for diversity, inclusion and quality,” he told Fairfax Media. “It’s part of the DNA of people having the right to happiness and respect for each other’s points of view.

“We want to make sure that we represent our consumer base, and our consumer base throughout the world is extremely diverse.”

And the US-based tech giant Apple weighed into the Australian debate on Tuesday, backing a “yes” vote in line with its longstanding support for same-sex marriage.

“We support marriage equality and believe all Australians deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and to have their relationships recognised with the same dignity and legal protections as their neighbours, friends, and family,” the company said.

The Coalition for Marriage has argued corporate support for same-sex marriage shows the “no” side is in a David versus Goliath battle against the establishment.

Despite business leaders’ best wishes, Equality Campaign director Tiernan Brady said corporate Australia was making a “minuscule” contribution to the “yes” campaign.

“We haven’t received any significant corporate donations,” he said. “We’d be surprised if we get $100,000.”

Behemoth search engine Google placed a link on its Australian home page – the country’s most visited website – directing readers to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ survey webpage and urging them to “make your voice count”.

But the company declined to publicly comment on the issue, despite a long track record of supporting gay rights. It is listed as a corporate supporter of Australian Marriage Equality and was a financial backer of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Penguinte 14/09/2017, 6:30 am

    Mr Vesey et al Every person has a right to electricity too so how about you “stick to your knitting” instead of making zillions of Australian $$$$ out of government subsidies and selling AGL shares at inflated prices based on your manipulation of the stock market.

  • Aktosplatz 14/09/2017, 6:53 am

    The ‘No’ voters( such as myself) would be advised to either stay silent or publicly SAY Yes, provided they VOTE NO on the Form.

    No point in getting in strife at work for instance.

    Just play the game – speak about voting ‘yes’ while you post in Your ‘No’ vote.

    That’s how you handle such peer pressure.

    • Aktosplatz 14/09/2017, 7:04 am

      I have just seen the later post which indicates that a person shining a torch through the envelope can see what vote has been marked.

      So what? Your name isn’t on it.

      Just make sure you post it yourself. If pro ‘Yes’ people intercept ‘No’ forms and destroy them, it is they who are breaking the law not you, ( and they probably will).

      Just do it right

      • Penguinite 14/09/2017, 9:29 am

        Akto, it’s not the name so much as the way you have voted! If the person looking at the image doesn’t like the the vote he/she/it can just destroy the envelope holus bolus! And we must verbalize our true intentions to engage people that are sitting on the fence to persuade them to NO!

      • Crankykoala 14/09/2017, 9:43 am

        Exactly Akto.

        Who gives a rat’s about the opinions of “business leaders”, this is a vote – a secret vote – by individuals and they can, and will, do as their convictions dictate. Well, just as long as it is NO!!!!!

  • Don 14/09/2017, 7:42 am

    As for the little Irish poof – his (?) $1m would be better helping people around the world who have lost everything in floods and cyclones

    • Wallace 14/09/2017, 7:50 am

      Don, poofs are not civic minded. They are only supportive among their ilk. Joyce showed his spiteful temperament against the pieman.

  • Margaret 14/09/2017, 7:59 am

    Why was there a function at Parliament House for LGBTI staff? Why separate the staff ? It seems to me the ones who are racist, misogynist, homophobic are the media, politicians and activists themselves. The rest of us just want to get on with our lives.

    So if a company went public in support of the No case would that be okay or would there be attacks from the politicians and the media?

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 14/09/2017, 8:09 am

    The people I know are all going to vote “no” so I must have the wrong friends and acquaintances.

  • Bushwanker 14/09/2017, 8:11 am

    I’m voting NO because I believe homosexuality is an abomination. Paedophiles hide behind the rainbow.

  • Honeybadger 14/09/2017, 8:38 am

    Kumbaya big time. Everything is going to be all happiness and light after this is approved. All the problems of everyone are just going to disappear in a flash and everyone will live happily ever after. Gays, straights alphabet brigade are all going to just loovvvve each other and accept each other as best buddies with the wave of this magic wand. How misguided and delusional can you get.

    • Joe Blogs 14/09/2017, 10:19 am

      There’ll be a pod of poofs at the ends of every rainbow, HB.

  • Gregoryno6 14/09/2017, 8:48 am

    In the various ‘I’m voting Yes’ comments I’ve seen from business leaders, none have mentioned the self-inflicted wounds such as the poster in Melbourne or the Law/Hastie exchange. They’re not even willing to say ‘Cool it folks, you’re not helping.’

  • Albert 14/09/2017, 10:08 am

    I wait with bated breath to see if George Brandis approves charges against SSM supporters under his ‘temporary, sure to become permanent’ anti vilification farce.

  • Bushkid 14/09/2017, 10:15 am

    Hang on, wasn’t Visy, and this Pratt character, one of the two packaging manufacturers who got done by the ACCC (and criminal charges too if I recall) over collusion and cartel market practices or something?

    Yeah, right. So much for “doing good in society”. Pfffftttt.

  • Maryanne 14/09/2017, 10:22 am

    What a farce this is. The plebiscite isn’t compulsory so people’s ballot can be stolen and used. People’s ballots can be destroyed and nobody will ever know. People’s votes can be read by shining a torch through the envelope.

    And now we’ve been muzzled.

    How on earth did a miniscule proportion of the population attain such power and influence? Why does anybody take any notice of them? I just don’t get it.

    • Joe Blogs 14/09/2017, 10:30 am

      Maryanne, it’s because the churches, bleeding hearts and apathetic punters didn’t kick PC to the kerb as soon as it reared its ugly head. Yet another example of appeasement trumping moral conviction.

  • Albert 14/09/2017, 10:24 am

    You have to laugh at the pathetic carry on by George Brandis and Mathias Corman. The Belgian blowin is now so distrustful of the New Australia Post created by the $5.8m Muslim that he sees a need to provide extra security to prevent those handling the mail knocking off the No vote returns.

  • Albert 14/09/2017, 10:26 am

    Send a blistering email to your local member. Or, better still, send a registered letter.

  • Albert 14/09/2017, 11:01 am
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  • Rubyred 15/09/2017, 5:55 am

    Perhaps Mr Pratt is disillusioned about marriage since his ex son-in-law Bill Shorten made off with the Governor-General’s daughter, Chloe and left his former wife and children in the lurch.

    • Lorraine 15/09/2017, 9:14 am

      with that sort of money “hardly in the lurch” I wonder about the Cloe and her eyes for Bill. it enforces the old saying Love is blind.

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