Blocking A Plebiscite Is The Best Way To Achieve Marriage Equality

I remember my first ever Gay Pride march. I was in my mid-20s at the time. Trying to get into the after party on the streets of Adelaide, I had to negotiate my way through angry preachers waving placards linking homosexuality with murder and rape.

Even though I’d been out of the closet for a few years, the experience left me feeling shocked, angry and scared. Fast-forward nearly a decade and I shudder to think what would happen if this kind of hate was amplified by a national plebiscite on marriage equality. If these preachers weren’t just waving placards but were armed with the powerful megaphone that a plebiscite would provide.

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The Holy Grail and Poisoned Chalice of Politics

The Senate is shaping up to be a key battleground of the next federal election. While most of the mainstream media have focused on the numbers in the House of Representatives, the Senate is equally as finely balanced and, if the polls are to be believed, there is the potential for the Coalition to win a majority in both houses of Parliament.

This prospect should alarm voters of all persuasions.

For Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s detractors, his Senate domination would represent a doomsday scenario, as his new government could move swiftly to dismantle the Labor agenda. The rescission of carbon pricing, the culmination of decades’ of debate, in particular would be a major blow for all those who advocate climate action.

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