This week, debate over the marriage equality plebiscite been raging across Australia.
Now, one man has highlighted the many ways in which the $158.4 million dollars of tax-payer money set aside for what has been touted as the country’s most expensive opinion poll of all time could alternatively be spent on.
Originally sharing the post in February, LGBTQI advocate and former government policy adviser Alastair Lawrie retweeted seven images in the colours of the rainbow flag to his personal account today.
“A marriage equality plebiscite would cost at least $154.8 million. That money could instead help resettle an extra 2,297 refugees from Syria & Iraq.”
We’ve got to say, that on its own seems like a pretty compelling way to spend the funds, but for the sake of a compelling argument, Sydney-based Lawrie continues.
Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has said his party will block the plebiscite. Source: Getty.
"The $154.8 million cost of a marriage equality plebiscite would be enough to restore 2015-16 foreign aid funding to: Afghanistan... and sub-Saharan Africa... and Palestine... and Middle East & North Africa... and UNICEF".
Again, that seems a viable and considered alternative. But for those not so into the whole foreign aid thing, there's more.
"For the $154.8 million cost of a marriage equality plebiscite, the Turnbull Government could support an additional 1,975 postgraduate students".
Oh, that would be nice! Anyone for another round of doctors or engineers, anyone?