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The Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

that Aus­tralians have nom­i­nated their choice, a con­science vote on same-sex mar­riage should not be an op­tion.

The re­sults of votes in each state/ter­ri­tory and elec­torate should be made pub­lic.

If an in­di­vid­ual vote is al­lowed, the MP or senator should vote along those lines as they are re­spon­si­ble, as At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis ad­vised, for putting into ef­fect the will of the Aus­tralian peo­ple.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s per­sonal choice is not a con­sid­er­a­tion. And those on op­pos­ing sides of the is­sue should also re­spect the vote re­sult.

The vote was on same-sex mar­riage, not any other im­pli­ca­tions, and there­fore the par­lia­men­tary

votes should be on that is­sue alone.

Other is­sues should be raised and de­bated sep­a­rately. IAN MCDOUGALL, SOUTH­PORT

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