Change is in the air and it is oh-so-good.
There is a delicious irony that under the stewardship of our Catholic, conservative Prime Minister, same-sex marriage looks likely to become a reality, finally, in Australia.
And it looks like Tony Abbott, the man who said he felt “threatened” by gay marriage, the man who said gay people challenged “the right order of things”, the man who said same-sex marriage was a “fashion of the moment” might just be attending his first same-sex marriage before the year is out.
In the wake of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum last weekend the change looks likely to be through by the end of the year.
The sister of the Prime Minister, Liberal Councillor for the City of Sydney Christine Forster, said last night that gay marriage will be legal in Australia by the end of the year and she thinks her brother knows it is inevitable.
Ms Forster appearing on the ABC’s Lateline said it is “wonderful that the change to marriage laws will come under a conservative, deeply religious Prime Minister.”
“That will be for me one of the proudest moments of my life,” she said.
“To think that this reform comes under the prime ministership of Tony Abbott … I think it’s entirely appropriate that it would come under the Prime Ministership of Tony Abbott.
“At the end of the day I’m sure he will understand that this is good and fair for everybody and it will be great for Australia.”
Ms Forster said that the weekend vote in Ireland changed the landscape in Australia.
“The Irish vote, the very comprehensive, decisive, wonderful Irish vote over the weekend, it’s the watershed. It has proved to everybody that this very important reform that has been a long time coming, far too long coming from my opinion, is inevitable.”