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It was good to see that Luke Foley, the new leader of NSW Labor signalled last week a shift in his views on same-sex marriage saying he has an ‘an open mind’ and would continue to reflect on the issue. This is commendable in a leader.

His conscience vote in the NSW upper house against same-sex marriage in 2013 received wide media attention after his election to the leadership. I believe Luke Foley brings an honesty to the role that is admirable and very much in step with his personal values.

On a personal level I disagree with Luke’s 2013 vote but defend his right to have it.

If I am elected as the local member for Ballina at the March state election be assured I will vote for justice, equality and a fair go.

I will support gay marriage in NSW.

Paul Spooner, Labor Candidate for Ballina

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  1. Thanks for your support Paul.
    As a gay person in the northern rivers we have always been impressed by the openness and solidarity of the majority of people in this region.
    It is unfortunate however that we don’t feel we can trust a leader who, like Tony Abbot is only now ‘Evolving’ on an issue that furthers his political needs. If he was not the state leader I doubt very much that his stance would change, or like Tony that it will be any different once he is elected. As a result We will be voting for the Greens this coming election as we don’t trust either party on this issue.
    This is good news for you however is we are in the Tweed region and won’t effect your polling result.
    Australia needs to drop the religion from our politics as a matter of urgent priority. We don’t need to end up with a Christian fatwah or any other extreme group from either side in power.


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