PUBLIC RIGHT: This writer says the Australian public should have been given a marriage-equality plebiscite.
PUBLIC RIGHT: This writer says the Australian public should have been given a marriage-equality plebiscite. Manuel-F-O

A plebiscite is our democratic right: letter

IS AUSTRALIA still a democracy?

Does the whole voting public have a right to have a say on proposed critical constitutional changes?

A plebiscite is our democratic right over issues like "same-sex marriage"!

Why is the Senate so opposed to allowing the public a say?

It is certain that there are elements within the Federal Parliament which doubt that an Australian voting public will condone its passage into law.

Those with vested interests want to keep this within the parliamentary elite, ensuring only a minority in favour will be able to push this over the line.

The conservative elements are against and the socialists are for.

The Coalition was voted in on the premise that this issue would be taken to a plebiscite.

It is not only un-Australian, it is undemocratic!

It is tantamount to dictatorship, disallowing all Australians a vote on this current issue which has polarised the nation.

It is the right of our people to vote on crucial issues which change the moral landscape of our society.

Although other nations have passed this into law, it cannot just be assumed that our Parliament's composition are qualified on moral grounds, to inflict this on the whole of our society.

It is unacceptable to assume that all Australians aren't fit to vote on this issue.

Denying us a vote on the subject which will not just go away, means a few good men and a lot of those families directly affected, will be voiceless.

It's a win for Labor and the minority if this goes ahead in Parliament.

It isn't a dead issue, for Labor and the Greens are relentless and desperate to win the next election on such issues.

Using semantics like "marriage equality", coined to soften the blow, won't convince the traditionalists.

E. ROWE,

Marcoola



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