Equality advocates have slammed a proposal for a non-compulsory marriage equality plebiscite by postal vote. 

Veteran marriage equality advocate and just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

“The fundamental problem the Australian LGBTI community had with a plebiscite was the damage and division that would result, and this proposal doesn’t change that at all.”

“In many ways the new proposal is worse because there would be no parliamentary oversight of the plebiscite process or question, and the result will not be representative of public opinion.”

“The best way for the Government to get marriage equality off the table so the nation can move on is to have a free vote in parliament.”

“Our campaign is focussed on achieving marriage equality through a free vote in parliament and we won’t be distracted by a handful of increasingly desperate right wing members who are trying to drag out the debate and cloud the issue any way they can.”

According to news reports, conservative Coalition members are considering the feasibility of a non-compulsory marriage equality plebiscite by postal vote.

Under those conditions legislation may not be required, avoiding the opposition of the Senate which last year voted down a plebiscite.