Think you are marking Danny Andrews harshly. He has been a passionate and vocal supporter of SSM ever since I first knew him, and it is not fair to tar him with any errors of a Federal Labor Government. He is the first Premier in my memory who doesn’t play Politics with these matters.
Rudd did have a majority in the lower house, but not in the Senate, and to be fair, he did have a few things going on that required attention like a Global Financial Crisis that was handled well. Julia had no majority and while she personally supported SSM, the Labor Federal Caucus did not and she was bound by that.
I agree they could have done better, but it was a group racked with division, and to achieve what they did was astounding to me. Compare the worthwhile legislation and actions taken from 2007 to 2013 with the current Abbott/ Turnbull regime.
And also remember than Labor has treated SSM as a " conscience" issue to suit the Catholic lobby. Shorten to mandate that Labor will legislate SSM within 100 days of being elected with massive Caucus support is a huge step forward to ridding Labor of these tossers.