Entsch treads care­fully over mar­riage equal­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Chris Calcino

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.

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