Same-sex mar­riage backed

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tay­lah Bur­rows

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum will vote in sup­port of same­sex mar­riage in the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s vol­un­tary postal plebiscite.

Mr Drum said he sup­ported the vote, but a walk-up vote would have cer­tainly been his first choice.

‘‘The fact that we can’t have a com­pul­sory walk-up plebiscite be­cause it keeps get­ting blocked in the se­nate, the next best thing is a postal plebiscite,’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘I’m sup­port­ive of that, we told the peo­ple of Aus­tralia we would take this im­por­tant is­sue to the peo­ple and we need to hon­our our word.

‘‘I have made my po­si­tion clear and first and fore­most I want to re­flect I have vowed all through the elec­tion cam­paign to re­flect the view of the Aus­tralian peo­ple.’’

Mr Drum said the Lib­er­alNa­tional coali­tion tried to at­tain a com­pul­sory postal plebiscite, but it was blocked.

‘‘If the Labour Party hadn’t blocked that it would have been in place now and we would have had the postal plebiscite in Fe­bru­ary and the will of the peo­ple would have al­ready been com­pleted,’’ he said.

Mr Drum con­firmed he would be vot­ing in favour of same-sex mar­riage in the plebiscite, which will be posted by Septem­ber 12 and com­pleted by Novem­ber 7.

The re­sult from the $122 mil­lion vote will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 15.

‘‘I think the re­sult will be rel­a­tively close and I’m re­ally con­fi­dent peo­ple will go about their cam­paign­ing in a re­spect­ful man­ner,’’ Mr Drum said.

Mr Drum ad­dressed pub­lic con­cerns that the plebiscite was non-bind­ing and said it was not true that there would be no ac­tion made.

‘‘The gov­ern­ment has said very clearly that if the an­swer comes back from the peo­ple, we will fa­cil­i­tate a pri­vate mem­bers bill that will be pre­sented in Par­lia­ment and it is a cer­tainty, an ab­so­lute cer­tainty, to go ahead,’’ he said.

Damian Drum

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