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October 11, 2016 Labor blocks plebiscite on same-sex marriage

This morning in Canberra, the Labor opposition successfully blocked the Liberal Government’s plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

After months of debate on whether a plebiscite was a viable way to decide on the issue, the ALP withdrew their support which was needed to get the measure through parliament.

Arguments against the plebiscite?

How about the actual cost of orchestrating the vote – more than $150 million.

If it was voted against, that would cause damage to the LGTBQ+ community. A denouncement of marriage equality by the Australian public would be disheartening, at the very least.

The plebiscite also risked dividing the nation, and doing more harm than good in terms of marriage equality.

Can you imagine the TV ads that would have run in opposition to the LGTBQ+ community? All funded by taxpayers. Disgraceful.

What did the politicians say?

“The experts have unequivocally explained to Labor that the plebiscite would cause harm to gay and lesbian people — particularly, but not exclusively, young people,” said Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

“Having met these families, having listened to their stories, I could not in good conscience recommend to the Labor Party that we support the plebiscite about marriage equality.”

Although there is no news on what happens now in terms of legalizing same-sex marriage, this is a positive step forward for the Australian public.

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Esther Robertshawe
is a first year student at The University of Sydney