Documents obtained by the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit â€“ challenged to find a bad story about Labor after a number of spectacular take-downs of conservative candidates this election â€“ reveal that in 1983, Julia Gillard appeared to be at the very least closely aligned with the lesbian political movement with the then notoriously left-wing Australian Union of Students.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ON THE AGENDA
Following the weekendâ€™s gay rights rallies, the Greens party leader Bob Brown has called for a conscience vote on in the issue in Parliament, which would bring to the fore the individual opinions of MPâ€™s on the issue.
Tasmanian and Victorian state branches of the ALP already support same-sex marriage, although state governments have no jurisdiction over marriage.
Our sources suggest theyâ€™d be keen to provide further evidence of Gillardâ€™s changing views on the issue from within long-maintained archives within gay/lesbian groups, if federal Laborâ€™s leadership doesnâ€™t change its position on same-sex marriage.
In a publication of the Australian Union of Students Womens Department, known at the time for asserting that marriage was either prostitution and/or rape in funky fonts or fluoro stickers, then AUS President GIllard was embraced by lesbian activists who were celebrating what they called â€œInternational Year of the Lesbian.â€
Julia Gillard is pictured in an intimate setting with fellow female AUS office-bearers â€œGayle and Sueâ€ (and has scarcely aged a year).
While those who remember her time in student politics tell VEXNEWS she was very much a moderate leftist at the time compared with the prevailing lunacy of AUS that eventually killed it, lesbian sisters at the time were very much on-side.
They referred to her as â€œgloriousâ€ and noted the â€œremarkable response from the popular media [from declaring the Year of the Lesbian] resulting in much time and energy wasted answering questions from misogynist media personalities about the sexual preferences of AUSâ€™s three National Officers (who for the first time, were all women) and other earth-shattering inconsequencialities (sic).â€
SORRY TO DISAPPOINT, GILLARD WAS/IS STRAIGHT
Those well-informed observers also tell VEXNEWS that feisty feminist Gillard might have been supportive of everyoneâ€™s equality, she didnâ€™t â€œbat for the other sideâ€ whatever the insinuations of the nearly thirty-year old publication. â€œMilitant lesbians might have been keen to claim her or perhaps give an impression about her that wasnâ€™t correct but itâ€™s worth keeping in mind, nothing published by the AUS tended to be true, many of its staff were involved in helping finance terrorism by providing money to the PLO hijackers and terroristsâ€ one cultural warrior from the time recalled to VEXNEWS.
Gillardâ€™s Womenâ€™s Officer wrote passionately of the â€œlesbian struggleâ€ and the need to celebrate â€œthe lesbian lifestyleâ€ through â€œdances, picnics, sports days, beach parties and so on.â€
The AUS publication explained that Gillardâ€™s AUS had created â€œhighly successful International Year of the Lesbian Collectivesâ€ in â€œSydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, organising dances, forums and support groups” for lesbian women. Gillardâ€™s Womenâ€™s Officer wrote passionately of the â€œlesbian struggleâ€ and the need to celebrate â€œthe lesbian lifestyleâ€ through â€œdances, picnics, sports days, beach parties and so on.â€
It was all pretty racy stuff â€“ no doubt â€“ by the standards of the time.
BILL HENSON IMPRESSED
More controversially according to community standards now is the publication of a photograph in the same newsletter that puts two young girls in what appears to be a sexual context of them preparing to kiss passionately in a way almost certainly not allowed by the governmentâ€™s previously proposed internet filter.
Many suspect it is only a question of time before the federal government buckles to pressure to formally acknowledge gay partnerships in some sort of official way, whether it is called marriage or not.
Gillardâ€™s conservatives critics have claimed that she will push for this in any future term, pointing to a document she wrote for the lefty moderate group with the radical name â€œSocialist Forumâ€ in the late 1990s:
â€œWe need to recognise the only possibility for major social change is under a long period of Labor administration. Within that administration the Left needs to be willing to participate to shape political outcomes, recognising the need to accept often unpalatable compromises in the short term to bolster the prospect of future advance.â€
More pages from that AUS publication have come through, including advice from the organisation at the time to straight women not to take lesbians to places where men might be and also not to touch them. Yes, really:
Do not invite her someplace where there will be men unless you tell her in advance. She may not want to be with them.
Do not assume that her heart will leaps with joy if you touch her arm… It makes her angry