Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Senate kills plebiscite blocking the gov motion to debate it again (video)

Postal plebiscite was Dopey Dutton's brain fart
The senate has immediately killed off the gov's nutty idea of reintroducing the failed plebiscite to try and get it passed this time. The senate rejected the gov's motion to introduce the enabling laws for the plebiscite, even for debate. I guess the senate has basically said to the gov, "get fucked".

Now of course is the ridiculous back up plan. No it's not to let the parliament do it's job and have a free conscience vote on the issue (even though the Howard gov had five of them). It's to go postal and have a postal plebiscite, which will be immediately challenged in the High Court by LGBT advocates and stopped dead in it's tracks. Until the High Court makes it's likely decision that to have a postal plebiscite without enabling legislation is unconstitutional. 

The whole plebiscite thing is nothing more than a delay tactic, as the below video from Janet Rice of the Greens gives voice to. The postal plebiscite will be an illegitimate waste of money if it ever gets up, and there's already strong feeling amongst us LGBT to boycott the whole thing and have public ballot burnings. What an insult upon insult to have our human rights reduced to Australia Post snail mail, open to all sorts of fraud.


The Lieberals now look completely stupid.
The Turnbull government has been forced to adopt its Plan B on same-sex marriage - a postal vote - after the Senate rejected a second bid for a compulsory plebiscite.

 Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers blocked the government's motion to bring on the plebiscite laws for a fresh debate on Wednesday, with the vote negatived at 31-all.

 The ruling means the government will now pursue a postal vote, expected to cost $122 million, with ballot papers to be sent out on September 12 and due back by November 7. Nine News