RENEWED CALLS TO BLOCK PLEBISCITE AFTER NEGOTIATIONS FAIL
Advocates have renewed their calls to ditch the proposed marriage equality plebiscite after the breakdown today of negotiations between the Government and Labor about details of the Government's plebiscite bill.
Long term marriage equality advocate, Rodney Croome siad,
"It's no surprise that negotiations over a plebiscite have broken down because the concept is fundamentally flawed and needs to be knocked on the head."
"The sooner a plebiscite is killed off the sooner we can get back on the path of a vote in parliament which has the potential to deliver marriage equality in this term of government without the expense and harm of a plebiscite."
"It's not Labor or the Senate cross-benchers who are standing in the way of a plebiscite, it's the majority of LGBTI people and our families because we refuse to suffer a plebiscite under any circumstances and insist on a vote in parliament instead."
"My message to Labor is to pull the plug and my message to the Government is move on."
Spokesperson for LGBTI lobby group, just.equal, Ivan Hinton-Teoh said,
"Once the plebiscite is denied passage in the Senate the nation will look to the Government for progress."
"From that point to the election yhre Government will be held responsible for further delay."
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668 or Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.