Our unlikely ally

Queensland National Party MP Warren Entsch is collecting names on a petition to support his private member’s bill to recognise same-sex relationships.

Entsch is an unlikely ally for the queer community — a straight-talking right-winger from the far north of Queensland — but his outspoken support for recognition of partnership rights has drawn the ire of the Family First Party (who preferenced the ALP ahead of Entsch at the last federal election). So he can’t be all bad.

The petition is only open to people registered to vote in Australia.