One of the lead campaigners behind Ireland’s historic same-sex marriage referendum has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and parliamentarians not to go ahead with a plebiscite, warning the experience was “brutal” for gay and lesbian people and their families.
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Incoming Victorian senator Derryn Hinch has found common cause with the Labor Party on same-sex marriage, vowing to side with the opposition against a “crazy” plebiscite that he says would cost taxpayers up to $250 million.
Delaying a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is in danger of becoming a moot point for the Turnbull government. Unless it can win over Labor, any enabling legislation for a popular vote looks like going down in the Senate.
A plebiscite on same-sex marriage risks unleashing hate and division in the community and would create a dangerous political precedent, former High Court justice Michael Kirby has warned.
Opposition leader says he hasn’t seen the case made for a ‘$160m taxpayer-funded opinion poll’ that won’t bind conservative members of Coalition
“If a gay kid dies at his own hand because of a hate-mongering plebiscite, I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know I did everything to stop it”
Even if the question is ‘fairly framed and has a good chance of success’, participants reject plebiscite and would rather wait for free parliamentary vote
Almost 85 per cent of LGBTIQ Australians remain opposed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, with a majority against a nationwide vote even if it means no change to the law under the Coalition government.
Attorney general George Brandis says he wants the marriage equality plebiscite to be compulsory, which is all very well as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough.
The cost of the same-sex marriage plebiscite could be $15 million higher than the estimated $160 million if the Turnbull government decides to spend taxpayers’ money on the “yes” and “no” campaigns.