Yes, they’re bully tac­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE in­tol­er­ant and de­struc­tive per­se­cu­tion from the “Yes” side in the SSM plebiscite cam­paign has struck again.

A med­i­cal spe­cial­ist pro­fes­sional with his own rooms, a fam­ily man, has been tar­geted by one of his re­fer­ring medi­cos be­cause he pub­licly let it be known he was cam­paign­ing for “No”.

As a di­rect con­se­quence he has lost over half his busi­ness.

So the sky won’t fall in? Tell that to my friend and those who de­pended on him.

In his pro­fes­sional busi­ness, he was em­ploy­ing sev­eral other pro­fes­sion­als who ob­vi­ously also de­pended on their jobs to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

To re­main vi­able, my friend has had to put off some of those and greatly re­duce the hours of the oth­ers, both in his re­gion and in an­other re­gion linked to his busi­ness. This is in Aus­tralia!

This is ex­actly the modus operandi of the Yes cam­paign.

It has been doc­u­mented in other busi­nesses – not only over­seas, but also here – busi­ness own­ers are forced to say Yes, or are forced out of busi­ness.

There is no com­pas­sion, tol­er­ance, love ( yes, that word!) or even ra­tio­nal thought com­ing from the Yes ac­tivists.

We must re­tain our free­dom from op­pres­sion, our eq­ui­table op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia, and job op­por­tu­ni­ties for all who seek em­ploy­ment.

Please re­mem­ber to vote, and if such de­vel­op­ments in Aus­tralia alarm you, then vote No. MON­ICA VAUGHAN, The Range.

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