The Australian public are thoroughly sick and tired of the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage and simply want the Government to deliver on its promise of a national vote, Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald, speaking in support of the legislation for a Plebiscite on Same-Sex marriage in the Senate today, said it was time politicians listened to their communities, who voted in support of a plebiscite at the last election.
“We (the Government) took our promise of a national plebiscite on this issue to the last election,” Senator Macdonald said.
“We made a commitment that we would ask the people of Australia to make their decision.
“Well, people voted for us, and this is what they are going to get. It is what they asked us to do – have a plebiscite on same-sex marriage so that it will be over and done with once and for all, by March next year.”
Senator Macdonald said it was only a short time ago that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, together with Senator Di Natale and Senator Xenophon, were all calling for a plebiscite on the issue.
“Why are they now taking a completely hypocritical approach and saying the exact opposite? Yet only a short time ago, these politicians were calling for it.
“It makes you wonder just how serious they are, and what their underlying agenda is.
“I cannot see a simpler and easier way – a more honest and straightforward way – of dealing with this subject that has very sensitive connotations for certain sections of our community on both sides.”
“It can all be over and done with by March, and I look forward to that time.”