The Senator Across The Hall From Eric Abetz Is Messing With Him Over His Rainbow Flag Outburst

Well played.

In case you missed it, yesterday conversative Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz took time out from a Senate estimates hearing to raise his concerns about an LGBTQI pride flag being displayed in the lobby of the Department of Finance.

Describing the rainbow flag as an “activist flag”, Abetz declared that “if that is allowed, then one imagines that the Marriage Alliance banner should be flown equally…if you allow one side of the debate, then you need to allow the other side.”

Now this may sound like a giant waste of government time, but then keep in mind that this is the same guy who thinks marriage equality is a fad and that we should celebrate people who come out as heterosexual. Eric Abetz likes wasting government time, is basically what I’m saying.

Fortunately, it just so happens that the guy with the office across the hall from Abetz is West Australian Labor Senator Glenn Sterle, who decided to send a message to his Tasmanian colleague over the way.

This isn’t the first time Sterle has spoken out in favour of LGBTQI rights. During the debate over the same-sex marriage plebiscite last year he told the Senate about how proud he felt walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, and said that every parent should get the chance to do the same.

“Wouldn’t it be lovely if every parent could have that opportunity?” he asked. “I just want to get it on the record, I support gay marriage, there is absolutely no argument about [it], the sooner we get it done the better.”

Feature image via Glenn Sterle/Facebook