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Up to 12 far right members of the gov are working on their own marriage "equality" bill which they want to bring to the party room and have adopted instead of the Dean Smith consensus bill. The bill would have an enormous amount of exemptions for "religious freedoms" and write new laws that discriminate against the LGBT across the community, such as being refused service by a business for being gay.
This is yet another delay tactic from the right. Labor opposes it as such. If the alternative bill is adopted by the gov once again marriage equality will be stuck in the lower house of parliament, even though the postal survey said yes. Once again the Liberal party plays games with our lives to suit the needs of their own party. Once again Australia would be held captive to a few bitter middle aged white Catholic men in Canberra because Turnbull has no balls.
Some of the GetUp email:
The dust is still settling after our extraordinary effort in the marriage equality postal survey, but those who seek to delay equality are already on the march.The Stirrer has more.
Fervent opponents of marriage equality in the Liberal party are writing their own marriage equality bill.
Yep, you read that right.
The very men who demanded an unnecessary public vote on marriage equality are already preparing to decimate the proposed legislation, making it impossible to pass parliament.
Liberal MP Michael Sukkar has bragged he'll bring up to 100 amendments to the Smith bill, hoping to grant new license to discriminate against LGBTIQ people in the workplace, in the health system, and at the shop counter. His colleague Ian Goodenough smugly told the ABC "'[i]t'll take several weeks to get even a dozen amendments through".
This is yet another manipulative tactic from far-right conservatives who will do everything possible to stop marriage equality.
Next week, we'll know if we have a Yes victory in the postal survey, which will give an undeniable, urgent mandate for parliament to change the law to let LGBTIQ couples get married.
Right now, while we wait to hear the results, we need to swiftly smack-down the far-right's attempts to scuttle the passage of marriage equality with their dirty delay tactics.
Meanwhile back at the ranch in Canberra, the government continues to try to navigate between its DelCons (Delusional Conservatives) – who want to kill or at least severely maim any marriage bill – and more moderate members, who support the Smith “compromise”. Holding the ring between the two are the so-called Praetorian Guard – ‘realistic’ conservatives like Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton and Matthias Corman, who don’t care for marriage equality but want the issue out of the way before year end. The RealistiCons are attempting to herd the DelCons into line, while at the same time trying to steady nervous equality supporters. The Stirrer
Yet another example of wild, unsubstantiated claims made by the 'no' side. @IanGoodenoughMP prepared to legislate on what he 'thinks' might have happened! https://t.co/yEl5cbTqSc— Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) November 9, 2017