Respect must guide conversations ahead of postal vote on marriage equality
Federal Independent Member for Indi, Ms Cathy McGowan, is urging the community to have respectful conversations ahead of the proposed postal vote on marriage equality. The Government expects the postal vote will begin on 12 September.
“My preference was for a free vote but the postal vote is now the mechanism we must use in order for the Parliament to reflect the widespread views of the community,” Ms McGowan said.
“It is no longer about whether or not we should have a plebiscite but about coming together as a community to demonstrate how we can have a difficult discussion and share opposing views in a respectful way. Every conversation will matter.
“We must be our best selves. Our conversations need to be about acceptance and building greater knowledge, and should not be personal.
“I have said before that I will support marriage equality. Discrimination has no place in Australian law or society. I believe the legal and institutional framework which governs Australia should treat all people equally.”