Entsch treads carefully over marriage equality
LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has not ruled out crossing the floor to legalise gay marriage but says he wants to talk with colleagues before deciding his next step.
The outspoken marriage equality advocate has been identified in media reports as one of six Liberal backbenchers prepared to go against the party grain with speculation the decision could spell the end of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.
“I’ve read in the paper a couple of colleagues saying yes, we will (cross the floor),” Mr Entsch said.
“I’m not hypotheticals.
“I do desperately want to have a discussion with my colleagues on this.
“That will help me decide where I go to next.”
Mr Entsch hoped the Liberals would decide as a party to allow a conscience vote in Parliament after the Government’s going to do bid for a plebiscite was voted down by the Senate in November.
Mr Turnbull had scheduled the plebiscite for February this year as a condition of his successful coup against Tony Abbott.
He has since implied a conscience vote could be taken to the next election.