Monday 21st of August 2017

divided, they stand like old drunks, unable to stop an own goal...


In the eyes of one Cabinet minister, today's special Liberal partyroom meeting on same-sex marriage is an exercise in elevating a fifth order issue into a crisis.

Welcome to another day at the office for the Turnbull Government.

The most likely outcome of the meeting is a reaffirmation of a plebiscite, which could morph into a postal vote. That is fraught with problems, some of which were articulated by Malcolm Turnbull in 1997 when the Howard government opted to use the mail to elect delegates to the Constitutional Convention on the Republic.

Then, Mr Turnbull said, the process was designed to disenfranchise migrants, the young, and Indigenous Australians.

"This postal ballot is going to push to the margins of our political society those people who are already on the margins," he said.

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malcolm: "do we have to really decide sumpthin'"?


Five Liberal MPs released an unprecedented joint statement in support of Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill, attracting overwhelming support from advocates as the Liberal party prepared for a bruising debate in a special party room meeting.

But the outcome of the issue remains in play, as Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure from supporters to allow a free vote and opponents urge him to stick to the policy of a plebiscite.

The prime minister called the meeting to allow discussion after Smith made it clear he was preparing the bill to come before the parliament. The Liberal meeting will not start until 4pm and it follows the National party meeting on Friday, which supported the existing plebiscite policy.

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time to have a free vote in parliament...

After having made a mess of the NBN and of the clean energy policies of this fair country, Malcolm-the-Debonaire is about to go for a convoluted non-binding system of plebiscite through postal back-door entry to nowhere, to satisfy some rabid "freedom" fighters in his "freedom"-loving party who certainly don't want a free vote on the issue of same sex marriage, nor any other issues. Totally idiotic and fascist... 

It's time to have a free vote in parliament. That's what we elect these idiots for: DE-MO-CRA-CY. 

not divided, but stupid in their compromised CONsensus...

'Groundhog day'

Parliament is back after a long winter break filled with constitutional drama and resignations, but some things haven't changed. The Coalition is sticking with its plebiscite on same sex marriage. 

The bill will now go back to the Senate for another vote as early as this week, but it is likely to be dead on arrival. Labor and a majority of the crossbench oppose it and want a vote in Parliament. 

But the Coalition has a card up it's sleeve: a voluntary postal vote. They see that as fulfilling an election commitment and bypassing a hostile Senate. But that option isn't without critics. 

A postal vote will face a legal challenge and a number of Liberal MPs are worried about it's legitimacy. The Coalition may use that to encourage Labor to back the plebiscite proper. 

The Government also hasn't revealed how much a postal vote would cost. It says it has legal advice showing a postal ballot could withstand a legal challenge, but won't release it. 

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