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Senate Leader Eric Abetz rejects notion gay marriage is a priority issue for Australians MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Aren't you defying the inevitable here? Because, as you know, the polling shows that seven out 10 Australians and nearly six in 10 Liberals say they support the idea.
The momentum, even from within your own party now, seems pretty clear? ERIC ABETZ: Michael, I've heard all that sort of mantra in relation to the republic referendum. When I came out to oppose the referendum I was given exactly those lines that you've just repeated and the Australian people spoke very strongly when they understood what the issues were. And, regrettably, in Australia today, we have only had one way traffic on this issue. And when people do stop and think and ask the question: why would you change an institution that has withstood the test of time, which has been put in legislative form in official pandora jewelry website the Marriage Act why would you want to change that definition? And people do stop and think. So I believe that when the community is fully informed on the actual impact that it is in fact having elsewhere, where people's rights are completely restricted in places like Canada and other countries, where, if you are opposed to gay marriage, then all of a sudden you are brought before the courts. These are the real concerns that we have. And can I just simply say, the Liberal Party went to the last election saying what its policy was in relation to marriage. And we had the Labor Party campaigning against us. We had Australians for so called "Marriage Equality" campaigning against us. We had the Greens campaigning against us on the issue. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: OK, but. ERIC ABETZ: But the Australian people spoke very loud and clear. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: But didn't the Prime Minister say before the election that the party room could vote on this once a bipartisan bill was put to the Parliament? ERIC ABETZ: Look, the Prime Minister stated the bleeding obvious, that clearly the party room can make determinations because the party room is the master of its own destiny. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So. ERIC ABETZ: And it has the power to do all sorts of things. But knowing my colleagues as I do, the overwhelming feeling is: 1) we support gold pandora bracelets and charms the definition; 2) this is a distraction which, I note, Bill Shorten welcomes, which tells me everything I need to know about this issue. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: But surely politics is big enough to. Politics is big enough to engage with various issues at any one time, isn't it? ERIC ABETZ: Well, of course it is. But talking to my colleagues when I see them stand at street stalls, when I do street walks with my colleagues, nobody comes up to you saying, "Oh, by the way, number one issue is: change the defin change the Marriage Act." They're concerned about national security. They're concerned about youth unemployment. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Sure, but it can still be a number three issue. ERIC ABETZ: Well, Michael, with great respect, you're saying a number three issue. And this is what we have faced, regrettably, with journalists in Australia. It is not even a number three issue. It is way, way, way down the list. And so, you know, to suggest it might be a number three issue is to misinterpret the mood of the Australian people. It is down the list. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Well, I think journalists are simply reflecting what's happening within the politics in Australia at the moment. And it's very clear that there is cross party support for this bill, for this idea? ERIC ABETZ: pandor charms And there is cross party support in Opposition. But the regrettable fact is that the media always will report things like the Pitcairn Island parliament of 48 people voting in favour of gay marriage but not reporting the Austrian parliament voting 110 to 26 against. And that is the one way traffic that the Australian people are starting to resent, that there's been this one way traffic and unfair reporting on this issue. And where can i buy pandora charms my colleagues understand that and that is why they and others in the community are saying changing the Marriage Act will have consequences and we need a proper community debate and not all this one way traffic that we're regrettably seeing in the media. And might I add, it happened with the republic debate. The newspapers. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Yes, well, you mentioned the republic debate before. Why not put this to a referendum too, then? Would you support that? ERIC ABETZ: The newspapers screamed to vote "yes, yes" in banner headlines but the people voted "no, no.
" And so just because journalists allegedly reflect the national opinion is not necessarily right. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Well, to be fair, I think the polls are reflecting the national opinion, not just journalists. But.
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