Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek has lambasted Malcolm Turnbull, accusing the Prime Minister of playing politics with people’s lives.

In tabling Labor’s second Marriage Equality Bill today, she said Mr Turnbull had “sold out the LGBT community”.

Ms Plibersek also took a swipe at former prime minister Tony Abbott, saying he had ambushed supporters within his own party to make sure there would be no free vote on marriage equality, and no marriage equality.

“Instead, he proposed a national plebiscite – expensive, divisive, and meaningless – but a way of delaying equality for a bit longer,” she said.

“Members of his own party spoke publicly against this ‘captain’s call’ … including the Member for Wentworth (Mr Turnbull).”

Turning to Mr Turnbull, Ms Plibersek said many had hoped for change when he assumed office. However, he had turned out to be an “enormous disappointment”.

“He sold out LGBT Australians, traded away their right to equality, to become Prime Minister. He signed up to the plebiscite delaying tactic to secure the support of the Liberal Party’s right wing.”

Ms Plibersek said the Labor Party was re-introducing the bill because LGBT Australians had waited too long to marry their partners.

“Australians of all ages who’ve been told that their love isn’t equal, that their family isn’t real, that their relationship is bad for their children or somehow bad for society, have waited for too long,” she said.

“For kids who’ve got two mums or two dads, to hear for months, or possibly even years, that there is something not right about their families, I just think is unforgivable and unacceptable.”

Ms Plibersek said she was “deeply concerned” about the damage the plebiscite debate would cause these families.

Instead, she suggested there was no need for a public vote and, with 70 per cent of Australians in support of marriage equality, it was time the parliament “got it done”.

In reality, the reintroduced Bill will go nowhere any time soon.

“The Prime Minister says he supports marriage equality. And we know that he supports a free vote, not a plebiscite, because he said so,” Ms Plibersek said.

“It’s time he did the right thing. This week, of course, is budget week, and quite rightly, our focus will be on the economy, on jobs, on health, on education, and the environment.

“And as we all know, it is almost certain that by the end of the week, the Prime Minister will be going to the Governor-General asking him to dissolve this parliament and to call an election.

“So, sadly, it is unlikely that this bill will pass this week.”

You can listen to her speech here or watch the video below:

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  1. Of course, we can avoid the cost of a same sex marriage plebiscite in Australia by simply leaving the Marriage Act as it is – no cost there…..and parliament has already voted on he Marriage Act about 10 years ago and it passed with the support of Labor politicians, so the matter should be done and dusted. However, the same sex marriage people want the change and are facilitating such an intense push that it requires an expensive solution to resolve. They cause the problem and then claim to be part of the solution. Their suffering that they claim to have is all self-inflicted. To claim that it is a human right is also a nonsense because marriage is already available to gays – it’s just that they must marry the opposite sex. Marriage is therefore a virtue, not a right. Even the European Union has recently acknowledged this. It is not listed as a right with the United Nations and same sex marriage was never considered necessary or desirable in the history of marriage in Australia until only the past few years after John Howard orchestrated a definition in the Marriage Act. If marriage is so desirable by same sex people, then it is vital to realise what made it so desirable in the first place (that is: being a primary commitment between a man and a woman to raise children as a family unit), but the same sex marriage advocates totally ignore this millennia-old definition and want the definition changed to make marriage solely a “relationship/sexual” gimmick (….what….all those past civilisations got it wrong because we are the “enlightened, smart, progressive” ones?). They are therefore destroying it’s desire in the process of getting it. There is no “marriage equality” when they leave out ALL the various marriage “options” (such as polygamy, marry yourself or, as Chris Sevier in the USA is trying to do, marry your laptop, etc). Seeing as there is no legal, historical or rational basis to call marriage a human right or to redefine it to include same sex people, it leads us to the question of what are the other agendas in play here with the SSM issue?….It is certainly the formal severing of marriage from parenthood (a population control measure?) and the rights of children are ignored to serve the selfish desires of the SSM parents (another stolen generation?). And have you heard how non-homosexual people supposedly discriminate against the homosexual community?….well, the discrimination within the homosexual community is far higher as some gay people discriminate against other gay people who don’t have “sex appeal”. Plenty of media articles written by gay people admit this….after all, the sole desire for homosexual relationships is sex and so the sole criteria for a gay partner is “sex appeal”. This creates a stereotype of the ideal “gay guy” and if you don’t fit this stereotype, then you are rejected. What the advocates of the gay agenda refuse to reveal is that any sex-driven relationship (whether homosexual or heterosexual) is doomed from the start because it is a selfish, lust-based relationship that can never survive for long leaving a trail of hurt and destruction in it’s wake. Another same sex marriage dilemma is the difficulty to get a divorce. This has also been written in the media by gay people. Same sex marriages hit a hurdle when one of the partners get tired of the sex and inevitably wants a different partner (gays are rarely monogamous or have long term relationships), Hence, they want easy divorce laws to match their promiscuous, “anything goes” marriage laws. We can now see that gays are desperately wanting to be able to use the word “marriage” to gain some respectability that they self-consciously lack – everyone has an innate awareness that same sex relationships aren’t right or natural no matter how much propaganda, emotional manipulation, social engineering or intimidation goes on….so it’s not about marriage equality at all.

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