Yes needs 70pc to be valid
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