MPs call for respect in debate
LIBERALS Dean Smith and Andrew Hastie are on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage fight, but yesterday they agreed on one thing: all Australians should be treated with “decency and respect” during this torrid debate.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie, who wrote in The Sunday Times last week why he will vote “No” to proposed new same-sex-marriage laws, said: “It’s true I’ve received some nasty stuff in response to my advocacy for the ‘No’ case in the same-sex marriage debate.
“That’s always the challenge of public life. I can take the heat. But I really dislike bullies who pick on people who don’t have a voice and can’t defend themselves. So I’ll always fight for those people to be heard.”
WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith, a same-sex marriage supporter who authored a private members Bill on the issue, said he, too, had been vilified.
“I have been a little disappointed, but not surprised by some things said and emailed to me,” he said.
The “No” campaign is claiming support for same-sex marriage is plummeting after the High Court dismissed a challenge to the postal vote.