Same-sex marriage backed

August 16, 2017

Member for Murray Damian Drum will vote in support of same-sex marriage in the Federal Government’s voluntary postal plebiscite.

Mr Drum said he supported the vote, but a walk-up vote would have certainly been his first choice.

‘‘The fact that we can’t have a compulsory walk-up plebiscite because it keeps getting blocked in the senate, the next best thing is a postal plebiscite,’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘I’m supportive of that, we told the people of Australia we would take this important issue to the people and we need to honour our word.

‘‘I have made my position clear and first and foremost I want to reflect I have vowed all through the election campaign to reflect the view of the Australian people.’’

Mr Drum said the Liberal-National coalition tried to attain a compulsory postal plebiscite, but it was blocked.

‘‘If the Labour Party hadn’t blocked that it would have been in place now and we would have had the postal plebiscite in February and the will of the people would have already been completed,’’ he said.

Mr Drum confirmed he would be voting in favour of same-sex marriage in the plebiscite, which will be posted by September 12 and completed by November 7.

The result from the $122million vote will be announced on November 15.

‘‘I think the result will be relatively close and I’m really confident people will go about their campaigning in a respectful manner,’’ Mr Drum said.

Mr Drum addressed public concerns that the plebiscite was non-binding and said it was not true that there would be no action made.

‘‘The government has said very clearly that if the answer comes back from the people, we will facilitate a private members bill that will be presented in Parliament and it is a certainty, an absolute certainty, to go ahead,’’ he said.

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