Yes needs 70pc to be valid

Herald Sun - - OPINION -

WITH the re­sult of the mar­riage vote about to be an­nounced, it would be pru­dent to cast a re­al­is­tic eye over this whole de­bate.

When this sur­vey was an­nounced, we were in­formed from many sources it was a waste of time and money, as the “pop­u­lar opin­ion” was in favour — about 70 per cent.

It is ab­so­lutely cer­tain that any­one who wanted to vote Yes did.

With all the ad­ver­tis­ing, celebrity ad­vo­cates, sig­nage and me­dia sup­port there is no pos­si­bil­ity any Yes vot­ers missed the boat. Yet the return rate (78 per cent) is not that high.

De­spite the lead­ers of the ma­jor three po­lit­i­cal par­ties vot­ing Yes, de­spite huge ad­ver­tis­ing and fund­ing, de­spite the three ma­jor cities in Aus­tralia plas­ter­ing Yes votes across their precinct, de­spite two ma­jor sport­ing codes and some ma­jor com­pa­nies back­ing same-sex mar­riage, the sup­port for chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage ap­pears to have with­ered dur­ing the cam­paign.

Any­thing less than a 70 per cent re­sult for the Yes side will be a dis­as­ter for that cam­paign.

Den­nis Schaefer, Frankston

Re­sult will be twisted

ONE re­sult of the same-sex mar­riage plebiscite can cer­tainly be pre­dicted.

If the vote is Yes, gay ac­tivists will say the peo­ple’s voice must be heeded and par­lia­ment should ac­cord­ingly leg­is­late promptly.

If the vote is No, they will claim it’s a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple be­yond the judg­ment of or­di­nary folk and that par­lia­ment is the proper place to de­cide.

Rodger Hyde, Hop­pers Cross­ing

Ou­trage still to come

READ­ERS who ex­pressed ou­trage at the An­drews Gov­ern­ment’s mol­ly­cod­dling of the pub­lic ser­vice over the same-sex mar­riage sur­vey, and the forth­com­ing an­nounce­ment of the re­sult (Hot Topic, Nov 14), have not seen any­thing yet.

If the Yes vote gets up, and what’s hap­pened in Bri­tain and Canada is any­thing to go by, ex­pect sub­se­quent changes to the Mar­riage Act to se­ri­ously com­pro­mise the free­doms of 95 per cent of the peo­ple in favour of the 5 per cent who are LGBTIQ.

Un­less, of course, it’s made per­fectly clear to the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment that we will not stand for it.

Michael Long, Frankston

Vote real peo­ple in

IT is amus­ing to see some of the MPs caught out by the cit­i­zen­ship is­sue opt­ing not to have an­other go at the gravy train, whereas oth­ers are in­di­cat­ing they wish to re­main on it.

Then we have those who have failed in state pol­i­tics opt­ing to have a go in or­der to get some more gravy.

Of course they are all only in­ter­ested in the bet­ter­ment of their coun­try.

Then we add those who progress to be MPs cour­tesy of or­gan­i­sa­tions that have al­ready sup­ported their em­ploy­ment and lifestyle for decades.

Enough. How about some real, or­di­nary peo­ple with enough nous to have el­e­vated them­selves hon­estly and fer­vently — per­haps then we may get some­where?

J. Muir, Mitcham

Born here, serve here

WHY don’t our fed­eral politi­cians unite for once to end the great per­sonal-his­tory fi­asco by pass­ing a law that if you are born in Aus­tralia you are el­i­gi­ble for fed­eral par­lia­ment?

Who se­ri­ously wor­ries about what par­ents or grand­par­ents politi­cians have?

The High Court would prob­a­bly be glad to see the non­sense dumped.

John Kiely, Rich­mond

Time for an elec­tion

I RECKON the Prime Min­is­ter should go to the Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral for a fresh elec­tion, an­nounce his own re­tire­ment at said elec­tion, and hap­pily call it a day on pol­i­tics.

At 63 years of age, Mal­colm Turn­bull has given enough pub­lic ser­vice.

The Prime Min­is­ter can then en­joy his twi­light re­tire­ment years pro­mot­ing the repub­lic cause.

I reckon that’s a nice, sweet end­ing, don’t you?

Ni­cholas Simic, Kealba

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