Today host Karl Stefanovic calls the impending same-sex marriage plebiscite “complete BS” and judging by social media, many Aussies feel the same.
Following an emergency party room meeting on Monday, the government has decided that if it is unable to hold a compulsory plebiscite, it will opt for a postal one.
The postal option is looking increasingly likely as the compulsory plebiscite will no doubt be voted down.
It will come with a price tag of $122 million, which is a discount on the $500-million odd for a compulsory plebiscite, but still an utter waste of time and money.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 7, 2017
If Aussie’s vote “Yes”, then MPs will be allowed a free, or “conscience” vote on the bill. Then if the MPs vote “yes” – which they could do today according to a High Court decision of 2013 – same-sex marriage will be made legal sometime in 2018.
It’s worth noting that the bill they would vote on “protects religious freedoms.” This gives religious business people the right to refuse to serve a same-sex marriage on the basis of their beliefs. For example, a Christian baker may refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage.
If Aussie’s vote “No”, the bill drafted by those five “rebel” Liberal MPs will not go before Parliament.
Aussies over the age of 18 will start receiving ballots by mail on September 12th and must turn them in by November 15th. The postal plebiscite will be run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
since they did such a good job with the Census, rather than the Australian Electoral Commission.
Aussies have been quick to jump on social to denounce the idea of a postal plebiscite.
"Well if you don't like our stupid and expensive plebiscite, you can always choose our ridiculous and expensive postal plebiscite!"
— Jon Kudelka (@jonkudelka) August 7, 2017
$122m for a voluntary unnecessary non-binding unprecedented postal plebiscite. This is our government, not the script for Yes Prime Minister
— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) August 8, 2017
instead of having an expensive plebiscite i just polled my dog on whether we should get marriage equality and he said yes so there u have it
— róisín ? (@roisinmcgee) August 7, 2017
I say leave it there until we have a national plebiscite on its future. https://t.co/JxeD1Kaudj
— Barrie Cassidy (@barriecassidy) August 7, 2017
Xenophon alongside Hinch, on the re-introduction of the plebiscite today: "It's a stunt. I know about stunts" pic.twitter.com/qBe9D5WlxN
— Mark Di Stefano ?? (@MarkDiStef) August 8, 2017
Meanwhile, Tony Abbott has wasted no time kicking off his “no campaign.”
— Michael Koziol (@michaelkoziol) August 8, 2017
Mia Freedman, who is well-known for putting her foot in it, has done it again with her attempt at a “yes” campaign.
How the H-E-double hockey sticks is gloating about your ability to get married a supporting gesture for our cause, Mia? pic.twitter.com/bohsj18DHj
— Wile E. Minogue (@chrisopotamia) August 8, 2017
For some reason, she thought flaunting her wedding ring would be a good symbol of solidarity. It isn’t.
Do you have any queer friends?
Do they have a voice or even pulse.?This is tone deaf to the extreme
Rethink this pretty please
— stereogamous (@stereogamous) August 8, 2017
— BC (@scouse_roar) August 8, 2017
And on Reddit’s r/Australia, this is the top post today.
The postal plebiscite may have parallels to Trump/Brexit.
Sure, everyone you know and everyone on Twitter is against the plebiscite. But there are giant patches of the country who don’t go on Twitter, and there are even some people who like Tony Abbott. These people have mailboxes and are more of the “demographic” to post letters. Let’s just say their favourite movie star is Charlie Chaplin.
AUGUST 7, 2017: Former prime minister Tony Abbott poses with his youngest supporter. pic.twitter.com/s22mZGvTot
— John Johnsonson (@JohnJohnsonson) August 7, 2017
We may not like/agree with/want the postal plebiscite, but if it must happen, then we should absolutely vote “yes”.
In some cases, you can win the game without playing. This is not one of them. By not voting, you are essentially choosing “no”. We saw how the “never Hillary” Bernie Sanders supporters chose not to vote for Clinton. How did that work out for them?
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