De­bate needs re­spect from all

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

MOST res­i­dents would have re­ceived their postal sur­vey form this week on the ques­tion of same-sex mar­riage.

While de­bate will con­tinue about the process be­ing used to de­cide the pop­u­la­tion’s view on this mat­ter and 100 per cent agree­ment on the an­swer is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble, peo­ple should still treat the sur­vey se­ri­ously.

When it gets down to it it’s a sim­ple ques­tion: Should the law be changed to al­low same-sex cou­ples to marry? There are two re­sponses – yes or no. Al­though the re­sults of the sur­vey are not bind­ing on the gov­ern­ment the Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull has strongly ad­vo­cated that par­lia­ment would fol­low the peo­ple’s de­ci­sion in this mat­ter.

Whether all par­lia­men­tar­i­ans do the same thing is an­other ques­tion.

The most im­por­tant as­pect of this en­tire mat­ter is for peo­ple of both sides to re­spect the other’s view.

That should be the same in gen­eral con­ver­sa­tion and in any con­tri­bu­tions to the Chron­i­cle.

There will be peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who agree on most things who may be even friends or rel­a­tives but who have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion on this sin­gle is­sue.

It’s im­por­tant that dur­ing and af­ter this sur­vey the de­bate re­mains re­spect­ful and civil and not clouded by ha­tred, ig­no­rance and prej­u­dice from ei­ther side.

A strong turnout is needed in this sur­vey for the gov­ern­ment to get a true in­di­ca­tion of what the na­tion thinks so they can make a de­ci­sion that best rep­re­sents the peo­ple’s voice.

Just tick a box and send it back, it couldn’t be eas­ier.

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