Advocates say parliament should enact marriage equality straight away rather than put the matter to an expensive plebiscite, but if there is a plebiscite the result should automatically become law.
They were responding to a commitment from Attorney-General, George Brandis, that a re-elected Coalition Government will conduct a plebiscite on the issue by year’s end.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
“If the government allowed a free vote in parliament we could have marriage equality next week rather than delaying until the end of the year by putting the issue to an expensive and unnecessary plebiscite .”
“But if there is to be a plebiscite the result should automatically change the law and not return to parliament for further debate and delays.”
The Australian Electoral Commission has estimated a marriage equality plebiscite will cost taxpayers $160 million.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome