Henry Ergas’s excellent column (“Wrong way to exercise a right”, 13/10) highlights the dangers inherent in the postal same-sex marriage plebi- scite. I’m a supporter of the plebiscite, as opposed to a parliamentary vote, but in its present form it is an insult to the intelligence of all Australians.
Lawyers are famous for only asking questions to which they already know the answer. The answer has already been gleaned through polls. The plebiscite is not the best way to flesh out sound policy, but an exercise in playing a lawyer’s clever trick. Peter R. Tredenick, Paddington, Qld