Turnbull Thinks The Postal Survey Has Been A Huge Success And People Aren’t Having A Bar Of It
"There's nothing more Australian than mutual equality and respect."
IT’S DONE. Australia’s expensive and cruel voluntary postal survey on marriage equality is over, and love has prevailed. With 61.6 percent of the vote Yes has won and Australia is essentially blanketed with a giant rainbow flag in celebration.
Addressing the nation straight after this morning’s announcement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also got in on the action. “The people have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelming for Yes,” he said. “They voted Yes for fairness, for commitment, for love.
“Now it’s up to us, to get on with it. To get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done. This year. Before Christmas. That must be our commitment.”
YAY! But also… hold up. Haven’t the Australian people have been telling you to get on with it for literal years?
Question: this was already known. Why did the Australian government spend millions of dollars on a non-binding referendum to find out what is already public knowledge?
— Tim Newton-Howes (@TimNewtonHowes) November 14, 2017
As expected, Turnbull’s first statement was extremely Pro-Postal Survey. “We asked the Australian people for their view,” he said. “This was an unprecedented exercise in democracy: a voluntary postal survey in which 80 percent participated and over 61 percent have said Yes. That is an overwhelming participation rate and and overwhelming Yes vote.
“I know that many people — a minority of people — have voted No. But we are a fair nation and there’s nothing more Australian than a fair go, nothing more Australian than mutual equality and respect. And everyone has had their say. That’s what we pledged at the last election. Many people stood in our way — the Labor Party, a number of people on the crossbench and others. They didn’t want Australians to have their say — we did.”
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 14, 2017
Amid the celebrations, many LGBTIQ+ Australians are taking the time to correct Turnbull on his point about “mutual equality and respect”. The long campaign has brought with it verbal and physical violence, incredibly emotional turmoil, and it has arguably “unleashed a beast of homophobia” that will continue to hurt many.
TURNBULL ARE *ACTUALLY* YOU BRAGGING ABOUT INITIATING THIS HIDEOUS FUCKING SURVEY??? BLAMING LABOR AND THE CROSSBENCH FOR JUST WANTING PARLIAMENT TO DO THEIR JOB? YOU ARENT A HERO MATE, WE WON'T FORGET
— Jess McGuire🌈 (@jessmcguire) November 14, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull and this government should never be forgiven for forcing this survey. #VoteYes
— Robot Queen (@ImogenDunlevie) November 14, 2017
*looks directly at the camera*
FUCK YOU, MALCOLM TURNBULL & ALL YOUR SHITTY QUEER-HATING COLLEAGUES. WE KNEW THE MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS SUPPORTED MARRIAGE EQUALITY BEFORE THIS PUBLICALLY MANDATED EXERCISE IN BIGOTRY.
— Omar Sakr (@OmarjSakr) November 14, 2017
Later in his public statement, Turnbull said, “Whatever your views may be, we must respect the voice of the people.” It’s a line he’ll proudly be pulling out for the next few weeks while legislation makes its way through parliament.
While he does, it’s important to keep note of whose voices he’s talking about. Plenty of other countries around the world have achieved this momentous moment in civil rights without encouraging bigots to ‘have their say’.
It took 7.8 million Australians to give Turnbull the backbone to stand up for LGBTI rights against the Conservatives who run his party. 😡
— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) November 14, 2017
Whatever happens today, the Turnbull government deserves to be crucified for putting us through this despicable process. If you’re an LGBTI person or ally who votes for the Libs, take a long hard look at yourself.
— Paul Kidd 🗳🆈🅴🆂🏳️🌈 (@paulkidd) November 14, 2017