From Marieke Hardy’s blog:
So this is how it will be.
Tony Abbott will be Prime Minster on September 14th (and it pains me to write it, it does, more than you could possibly know).
He will be in power for some time before his execrable personality finally wears his colleagues down, or Julie Bishop’s long-standing policy of standing nearby smiling with demonic ferocity eventually compels him to jump off a bridge. Two, three years. At least.
And in that time – in the latter part of that time – he will ‘graciously’ allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, and allow his colleagues to do the hard work, and it will pass.
Because it will be long overdue and the public will be so ready and ripe it would seem ridiculous to let it hover in limbo a moment longer.
Because he has spent years ‘softening’ his stance on gay partnerships, through his media-savvy daughters, through his ‘supportive’ gay sister. Because it’s just going to happen, no matter who or what is in power, and Tony Abbott will simply be in the right place at the right time.
And he will be hailed as a hero, and Malcolm Turnbull will gnash his teeth over the unfairness of it all (if only they hadn’t forced him at gunpoint to defend that idiotic NBN, the unfairness of it!), and middle Australia will say they always saw it coming and wasn’t it a great pity that Julia Gillard – who had at one time seemed the obvious choice, the breath of fresh air, the one with an opportunity to make a clean break – hadn’t done it first.
But she didn’t. And it’s over for now, at least for her.
And while it will of course be a watershed moment, to celebrate what was always going to happen, whenever it occurs, however it occurs…isn’t it a pity that it couldn’t have been sooner?
And this is how it will be and it is devastating.
~ Marieke Hardy is a very smart woman, and I have a horrible feeling that her prophesy is spot on.