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Re SSM de­bate. I have no prob­lem with gay peo­ple be­ing al­lowed to marry. How­ever my con­cern is with Mal­colm Turn­bull and his re­fusal to pro­duce leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect Free­dom of Speech and re­li­gious free­dom. He is silent on this for a rea­son. Why is he not be­ing open and trans­par­ent? There is far more to this than mar­riage equality. It's not just about two gay peo­ple be­ing al­lowed to marry. Watch this space peo­ple be­cause things are go­ing to get ugly. Vote No be­cause a yes vote will have a far reach­ing ef­fect on our Free­dom of Speech and much more. — HC, West Mackay In re­ply to Ryan Vig­i­lante DM 16/9/17. Does you ar­gu­ment also ap­ply to QAN­TAS, NRL, ARU and ev­ery other or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses who sup­port the Yes cam­paign or does your ar­gu­ment only ap­ply to Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tions - so much for re­li­gious free­dom if that is the case. The de­bate has to be re­spect­ful and con­sis­tent and if a or­gan­i­sa­tion or busi­ness ex­er­cise their right to ex­press their opin­ion in favour of yes that is okay yet why does ev­ery­one get all up and arms if a Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­press their opin­ion in favour of No. And no I do not align my­self with any re­li­gion. — KS, North Mackay The al­leged racial slur case in Mackay rugby league could have been cleared one way or the other a lot quicker if the of­fi­cials close enough had their wired for sound equip­ment switched on an recorded what was al­leged to have been said. The fault here lies with the of­fi­ci­at­ing an the MDRL for not en­forc­ing this tech­nol­ogy. Now we have an al­leged of­fender named pub­licly with a cloud of con­tro­versy sur­round­ing him go­ing for­ward that he will have to deal with on and off the field. On the other hand the al­leged grieved party and fel­low player’s who made the on field com­plaint have had their cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity ques­tioned as well. Be­liev­ing the sys­tem would serve jus­tice. All par­ties in­volved have to live with the out­come and live with their con­science as the sys­tem has not sup­ported ei­ther party truly. Only they know the truth an will have to live it. This process is not the only fault in the ju­di­cial sys­tem in the MDRL. — RL, Mackay

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