Council backs gay marriage
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River councillors have issued a position statement in support of same-sex marriage and at the same time sunk the boot into the Federal Government for cowardice.
Cr Mike Smart raised the motion at Wednesday night’s meetingin Augusta, saying a family member identifying as homosexual had brought the issue home for him.
Members unanimously supported the three-part statement, believing the Australian ethos was to “live and let live”. The motion, which anticipates a looming national plebiscite gauging support for same-sex marriages, included an admonishment of the Malcolm Turnbull-led Australian Government.
The council “expresses disappointment that the Federal Government has abrogated its role as an elected body and has chosen to instigate a postal vote which has created division and ill will within the Australian community,” the statement read.
Augusta colleague Kim Hastie went further, calling Federal ministers “an absolutely useless mob of eunuchs”.
“I hope the Federal Government cops an absolute flogging,” he said during debate.
“They are just too scared to put their finger in the air to show which way they are voting, which I find absolutely disgraceful.”
Cr Peter Lane said the merits of the motion did not require debate, which only had the chance of creating greater discord when enough had already been said. Colleagues lined up to voice their support.
Osmington-based councillor Felicity Haynes lamented the Shire’s unwillingness to fly the LGBT-aligned rainbow flag despite support for the Aboriginal flag.
The council statement also noted the council was “committed to supporting social inclusion and advocating for the diversity within our community irrespective of sex, gender identity, culture, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, ability, age or religious beliefs”.