Days out from the final result announcement of the non-binding same-sex marriage postal survey, ’No’ vote conservative politicians have started their campaign to hijack and delay the possibility of a same-sex marriage equality bill in parliament.
Liberal senator Eric Abetz has already indicated that he will reject the cross-party marriage equality bill drafted by Dean Smith, telling the Guardian Australia that the bill is “not an acceptable starting point”.
He said the bill “is seriously inadequate, as parents, freedom of speech and religious freedom, along with conscientious objection, all need full protection”.
Former Liberal member turned leader of Australian Conservatives, Senator Cory Bernardi is trying to delay legislating same-sex marriage with claims that the parliament has more pressing issues to deal with such as an audit of MP eligibility with the continuing citizenship section 44 saga.
“It is much more pressing to deal with the composition of the parliament to establish that it is actually constitutionally allowed to exist in its current status,” Bernardi told ABC radio.