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MPs not bound by gay plebiscite: Abetz

Conservative Liberal senator Eric Abetz. (AAP image)

Conservative Liberal senator Eric Abetz. (AAP image)

Conservative Liberal senator Eric Abetz insists coalition MPs would not be bound by any plebiscite on gay marriage.

‘I would need to determine whether (the plebiscite) really is an accurate reflection, whether it is all above board or whether the question is stacked, whether all sides received public funding,’ he told Guardian Australia on Wednesday.

The dumped cabinet minister says every member of parliament will make up their own mind after the plebiscite and that some will not support the outcome, regardless of which way it went.

Government frontbencher Steve Ciobo said Senator Abetz was entitled to his view but insisted it would be “passing strange” for any politician to ignore the wishes of the Australian people.

‘Any politician, any member of parliament, would really have to think twice before they snub their nose at the view of a majority of Australians,’ he told Sky News.


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