Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:54
Abbott says: Party members won’t have a free vote
We say: Liberals and Nationals who support equality should cross the floor for marriage equality.
After a 6 hour long meeting with the Liberals and National party members the outcome on whether members are allowed a conscience vote on the issue of marriage equality lost 66-33.
Abbott also said in a press conference post the meeting that if re-elected, the next Coalition government would put the issue to the people in a plebiscite or a conscience vote.
Ali Hogg Equal Love convener responds
“We know what the people think about this and we don’t need a plebiscite or a conscience vote. Poll after poll shows the majority of people support equality at 72% in favour”
“Abbott is trying to stifle the issue and it’s time we ramp up the pressure on Abbott and his supporters. People are rightfully angry about this decision to stifle equality and we need to express our anger on the streets. We call on all supporters of equality to come out this Saturday and let their voices be heard that we want equality now!”
Tens of thousands are expected to rally in Melbourne is on Saturday 15 August 1pm at the State Library.
LGBTI Rights Activist and Author, Professor Dennis Altman,
Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne,
Mark Dreyfus, ALP Member for Isaacs,
Rowena Allen, Vic Gender & Sexuality Commissioner,
Luke Hilikari, Victorian Trades Hall Secretary
The rally will march to The Old Treasury Building for a mass wedding ceremony conducted by celebrant and The Australian Equality party's Senate candidate Jason Tuazon-McCheyne.