Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s support of same-sex marriage, his rise to Prime Minister has not changed the Government’s plan to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality.
This is a plebiscite that would cost Australian taxpayers $160 million, and it is an issue that 72% Australians already support.
So, in an exclusive with Mamamia, the Australian Marriage Equality organisation have shared their latest video challenging Turnbull’s decision to proceed with a $160 million plebiscite.
It’s no surprise that when people find out the associated cost, most can compile an instant list of issues far more worthwhile to invest the millions in.
“I’ve counted about 50 homeless people here, already, so there’s a start,” one man said.
Among others, people put forward childcare, education, green energy, or healthcare. Perhaps one of those will take the Prime Minister’s fancy?
National Director of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, commented, “The video highlights growing concern in the community about the high and unnecessary cost of a plebiscite at a time when essential services are being cut.
“Recent polls have shown that when people become aware of the cost, support for a plebiscite plummets.”
Croome also highlighted not just the financial effects of a plebiscite, but the emotional toll it could take on the population.
“There is also concern in the community about how divisive a plebiscite could be, the damage it could do to the mental health of young gay people, and the fact it is not binding on politicians.