I’d much prefer it if the news about the passing of the law making same-sex civil unions legal was getting half the press that the kangaroo cull is getting.
I’m much more interested that at least one of the tiers of our Federal government system has taken a step forward in recognising family relationships that extend beyond heterosexual couples, watered down though the legislation ended up being. Same-sex couples who intend to build a life together should be able to be confident about legal recognition of their shared assets, rights and obligations without having to have ten times the number of legal documents organised as any heterosexual couple is required to by law. Congratulations to the ACT legislature for persisting despite discouragement from the Federal Government of both the previous and the current Prime Ministers.
So what about the roos? Well, what about them? The population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos around Canberra is at pest levels: culling 400 humanely won’t endanger the species and will ease some pressure due to over-population. While roos are cute the cuteness of mice and rats doesn’t stop me putting down rat-poison when needed, and none of them offer the environment at large a fraction of the benefit that the bees who made a hive in my verandah ceiling did, and I had them poisoned as well because there were way too many of them. The naked sentimentality on display regarding the roos repels me, frankly, and I’m with the Herald-Sun columnist Gary Linnell for once, who pointed out how little the plight of China and Burma victims of natural disasters moved most of us by comparison.
This misplacing of priorities doesn’t reflect well upon us.