Wow. A decision has been made as to how the party will be moving forward in regards to marriage equality. After much speculation surrounding the decision to be made…postal plebiscite, plebiscite or conscience vote the party has come to a final decision after a 2 hour meeting that ended just minutes ago.
The decision is…Plebiscite.
Governments can hold plebiscites to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue. The government is not bound by the ‘result‘ of a plebiscite as it is by the result of a Constitutional referendum. Federal, state and territory governments have held plebiscites on various issues.
Hats off to the Liberals, instead of coming under the pressure of the left who are happy to let the executive make decisions on their behalf they have decided to allow the Australian people to voice their opinions. In a way that is also NON – BINDING.
Problem is this has been sent back to parliament, when the legislation was put in November last year it was defeated in the Senate 33 votes to 29.
However to cover their bases this time, if it fails, they will try again with a postal plebiscite, which would certainly please the right faction of the party, including Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton.
Now if the postal plebiscite fails…well then things can get messy. A free vote may be offered, meaning MPs would be able to vote freely on the issue against party policy and therefore putting Australia at risk of dealing with the consequences of the political class yet again….whatever way it goes. Blocking this plebiscite would be a block on democracy. Let’s hope we can push it through.
On one hand I value the institution of marriage, and wish to conserve the traditional meaning the Judeo – Christian culture held. On the other hand, freedom is a core value of country, and it is hard for one to celebrate freedom in some areas, with restrictions in others. A hard decision it is, and one that deserves the opinion of ALL AUSTRALIANS.
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The Loud Libertarian