Keep your promise to let Australians decide on the Marriage Act in a plebiscite
News broke this week that some members of the Liberal party are working hard to ensure the passing of legalisation for same-sex marriage in Australia. It is believed that members are working on a Private Members Bill which will be presented to Parliament through a conscience vote. This vote would then replace the government’s current plan to hold a national plebiscite.
Leaked comments from Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne highlights the significant division on the issue within the government. It appears that some members of the government party are trying to take advantage of the government’s small majority as an opportune time to push forward attempts to redefine Marriage in Australia without recourse to the people's vote.
Mr Pyne was recorded at a Liberal Party function saying there would be same-sex marriage in Australia. "We're going to get it, I think it might even be sooner than everyone thinks," the leaked recording of his speech shows. "And your friends in Canberra are working on that outcome," he said.
Members of the Coalition were quick to respond to the leaked comments in an attempt to show a united front, emphasising that there had been no change in the government’s policy of holding a plebiscite on the issue. The government reiterated that it was the Labour Party, in fact, led by Bill Shorten who blocked the passing of the proposed plebiscite which would have allowed Australians to have their say on the proposed Marriage Act.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ruled out any new action on same-sex marriage and told the media this week that the Coalition would stand by its policy of holding a plebiscite on the issue.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce reinforced the plebiscite policy, describing it as the "greatest conscience vote that you can have".
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated: “we took a policy to the election — it was a very clear policy — that there would be no change without a plebiscite…To dump the plebiscite, to do anything without a plebiscite would be a breach of faith with the people.”
There appears to be a fear by some government members that the Australian people cannot be trusted to make a decision in a national plebiscite. Pushing through legislation via a Private Members Bill to re-define Marriage in Australia is an undemocratic and unfair path to take on this important issue. Politicians in Canberra need to remember that they are elected to represent their communities. It would be a major breach of trust not to allow the citizens to decide.
A poll conducted by Sexton Market Research for Marriage Alliance, (an independent alliance that exist to voice the opinion of the silent majority of Australians that respect same-sex attracted people, but do not want to change the current definition of marriage) showed that support for redefining Marriage is not a strong as the mainstream media will lead Australians to think. A strong majority of people believe that it should be up to the Australian public to decide the final outcome in a plebiscite on Marriage. Only 27% of Australians think that it should be up to politicians to make this decision. Polling also revealed that support for changing the definition of Marriage plummeted when it was linked to a social change agenda such as what we have seen with the introduction of Safe Schools, and when freedom of speech and religion are also threatened.
Please sign this petition now to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and members of the Cabinet urging the government to stick to its promise for a people's vote in this important debate. We must remind them that this is a very important issue which should not be pushed over quickly by political opportunists. Marriage and family life is at the core of our society this should be a decision for the people.
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Political opportunists ought not stop the peoples vote on Marriage in Australia