Fast Buck$, Coorabell.
Is the same-sex marriage plebiscite a form of corruption?
I recall that in 1994 or thereabouts NSW premier Nick Greiner was having trouble with one of his elected ministers. He solved the problem by offering that minister a public service job. ICAC subsequently found that this was ‘corrupt’ because Mr Greiner had used public funds (ie public service wages) to solve what was essentially a private Liberal Party problem. (Later that was overturned 2–1 by the Court of Appeal in a judgment I never got round to read – but that was too late to help Nick Greiner, who’d already had to resign by then.)
So don’t we have a similar situation in relation to the plebiscite? Malcolm Turnbull would vote for same-sex marriage right now if he had a free hand, but as part of his leadership deal with the conservatives in the Liberal Party he has agreed to this delaying tactic.
In other words he wants to sacrifice $150 million plus of public funds to solve what is essentially a private internal Liberal Party problem. Sounds pretty corrupt to me. To be consistent about his concern for ‘everyone having their democratic say’ he’d in fact have to have a plebiscite before about any parliamentary vote, wouldn’t he?
Despite Malcolm’s bleating on and on about ‘innovation’ he himself remains a highly typical politician – nothing innovative about his approach; same old bullshit.
On the other hand those who oppose a plebiscite because it would give haters a platform and upset same-sex couples seem insane to me. What, you can’t have a free debate because some people might get upset?