The 2016 ARIA Awards did Australia proud last night using its reach to send a very strong message to the Turnbull government about its cruel and antiquated
marriage equality policy.
Kylie Minogue, Sia and Kylie Minogue drove a dialogue through the televised performance calling out the Australian government over its prehistoric policy.
Kylie and her fiancé Joshua Sasse appeared dressed in marriage equality t-shirts. Sasse campaigned for marriage equality. “This is more than just a movement, this is people’s lives and we want to say to every single member of the LGBT community: ‘You are not alone. You have a voice’,” he told the national audience.
“And if we all stand together we can bring Australia back on the right side of history and make 2017 the year that we all say ‘I do’ Down Under.”
Sia sent Standup Events CEO Angie Green along with a message. “This award is for every single non-hetero and gender-diverse person who can currently not marry the person they love in this country,” Angie said.
“This award is for our friends our family, our work friends all our mates. The bottomline is Australia, that no ones’ lives and the people that they love should be up for debate. You have the opportunity now not to just do a great thing but do the right thing.
Pop star Troye Sivan dedicated his win to “every LGBT kid in Australia” and said “This is for every gay Australian kid who wants to make music, you can do it and win an ARIA too.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull once looked like being a leader for his party by bringing change thrust upon the nation by his LNP predecessor PM John Howard who changed the wording of the marriage act in 2004 to stop same sex couples from marrying.
Turnbull, a personal supporter of marriage equality, is powerless to act after being hog-tied to the decision of the extreme right wing of his party.