Same-sex marriage could see Christians persecuted: ACT Senator Zed Seselja

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

The outspoken 75-year-old, who once compared transgender children to Hitler's Nazi regime, urged Australians to vote "No" in the postal plebiscite.

The comedian encouraged Australians to vote "Yes" in the poll.

One way or the other, the issue will be decided by members of Parliament, who may disregard the results if they wish in their own voting.

"But let me say to you, that is what they want you to do".

In an explosive interview of national breakfast television, Morrison was challenged by Seven Network host and political commentator David Koch, who accused the government of "wasting money because the politicians don't have the guts to make the decision (in Parliament)".

While Turnbull favours same-sex marriage and many other small "l" liberal positions, he is hamstrung by the conservatives in his Liberal party and a one seat majority in parliament.

Mr Abbott has united with former prime minister John Howard to campaign against same-sex marriage as part of the Marriage Alliance group.

The major problem with the mail-ordered change to the Marriage Act is that the process would be meaningless.

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The Labor Opposition asked about the federal public service's ability to handle the $122 million postal vote during Question Time on Thursday.

Mr Abbott told Parliament: "If you're anxious about religious freedom, and freedom of speech, vote "no" because voting "no" will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".

"We love our children and I object, as do every person who cares about children, and as do all those couples in this country, same-sex couples who have kids, to be told our children are a stolen generation. When we hear prejudice and discrimination, we will not cross the road and pretend it is not happening, we will call it out".

After the compulsory plebiscite bill on same-sex marriage failed to pass the Senate a second time this week, marriage equality activists yesterday launched two High Court bids to head off an historic voluntary postal ballot.

There are now 15.8 million on the federal roll and the population has increased nearly five times.

That would lead to the possible postal ballot, with cost previous estimates ranging from $60 million to $100 million.

Supporters of same-sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6. Any plebiscite will have no official standing.

If most Australians want gay marriage, the Parliament would vote on legislation before the last two-week session of Parliament of the year ends on December 7.

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