Lawyer’s trick

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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

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