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