HOBART COAG MEETING:

CALL FOR STATE AND TERRITORY LEADERS TO PRESSURE TURNBULL ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY FREE VOTE

HODGMAN FREE VOTE ON MARRIAGE SETS LIBERAL PRECEDENT

Advocates have called on heads of Australia’s state and territory governments to urge the Prime Minister to allow a free vote on marriage equality when they meet in Hobart tomorrow.

All of Australia’s state and territory leaders support marriage equality, as does the Prime Minister himself, with the only barrier being the absence of a free vote for federal government members so the reform can pass.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

“We urge heads of state and territory governments to demonstrate their support for marriage equality by jointly urging Mr Turnbull to allow a free vote so the reform can pass.”

“Tasmanian Liberal Premier, Will Hodgman, has honoured the Liberal Party principle of individual freedom by allowing his MPs a free vote on marriage equality, setting a precedent for Mr Turnbull to do the same.”

“A recent poll by Galaxy Research showed that the Turnbull Government risks losing office if it fails to allow a free vote and resolve marriage equality asap.”

Heads of state, territory and federal governments meet in Hobart tomorrow for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, the top intergovernmental forum in Australia.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome