The PM’s Response To The Marriage Equality Verdict Was As Bad As You’d Expect
It's on, for some more than others.
Seconds after the High Court announced that the government’s postal survey on marriage equality will go ahead, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten got up in Question Time to ask the Prime Minister a question.
support voting Yes in the survey?”
It’s a fair question. Both the PM and Shorten support marriage equality. In fact, Turnbull’s enthusiastic support for same-sex marriage was one of the reasons so many people wanted him to take over from Tony Abbott in the first place. Didn’t that turn out well.
So the PM got up to respond… and started his answer by attacking Shorten.
Turnbull’s Deflating Response
“Well, the Leader of
This is a reference to Shorten’s 2013 comments backing a people’s vote on the issue. At the time, there really was no prospect of a vote on marriage equality any time soon, so it was a pretty empty comment from Shorten. And a lot has happened since then, including the entire LGBTQI+ community coming out in opposition to the plebiscite.
Things changed, and Shorten changed his mind. But I guess that’s politics.
“We encourage every Australian to
He then dismissed concerns about the nature of the campaign.
That’s despite the fact that the campaign is already pretty ugly.
So Did The PM Commit To Actively Campaigning For Marriage Equality?
No. No, he did not.
I'm sorry LGBTI Australians, their families + friends have to go through this. But we're with you. Together we'll keep fighting for equality
— Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) September 7, 2017
Ok friends. Campaign, get out the vote. Let's get this done. #MarriageEquality ?
— Senator Penny Wong (@SenatorWong) September 7, 2017