Key details on the federal government’s planned marriage equality plebiscite are still missing, a coalition of LGBTI leaders have said in response to yesterday’s introduction of the plebiscite legislation to parliament.
The new group, Australians 4 Equality, involves over 60 LBGTI organisations from around the country and they’ve expressed concerns about the proposed public vote on the reform.
“No government amendments to the Marriage Act have been provided as yet, nor are they guaranteed to come into effect following a successful ‘Yes’ vote,” the group said.
“It is unreasonable to expect the community and the parliament to vote on a plebiscite without first seeing the detail of what will be enacted upon a successful vote.”
The group also said it was “unacceptable” for the government to split $15 million of taxpayer dollars between the “Yes” and “No” campaign committees, adding to the plebiscite’s cost.
“The proposal requires no truth-in-advertising test, yet [advertising] will be seen as being endorsed by the Australian Government,” the group said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced the plebsicite legislation to parliament on Wednesday, though Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is widely expected to ask Labor Mps to block its passage through the Senate, stopping the vote.
Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Alex Greenwich said two thirds of Australians, a majority of the parliament and the leaders of all major political parties support marriage equality.
“We call on all members of parliament of good conscience to work together to deliver marriage equality this term,” he said.
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