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Type: Journal article
Title: Heteronormative citizenship: The Howard government's views on gay and lesbian issues
Author: Johnson, C.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2003; 38(1):45-62
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1036-1146
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Carol Johnson
Abstract: This article analyses recent federal debates regarding gay and lesbian issues, focusing on the Howard government, and drawing attention to the arguably heteronormative nature of many politicians' views. Policy issues analysed include assisted reproductive technology, superannuation rights and censorship. Reference is also made to the Justice Kirby controversy. The article explores the way in which heteronormative arguments not only construct heterosexual citizens as the norm but are also used to discount arguments that discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens is taking place.
RMID: 0020030699
DOI: 10.1080/1036114032000056242
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