Labor frontbencher Terri Butler has hit out at former prime minister John Howard for taking out ads in main newspapers calling for individuals to vote ‘no’ within the postal survey on identical intercourse marriage.
In the ads, Mr Howard claims there’s much less “generosity of spirit” on the ‘sure’ facet of the talk, as a result of Labor and the Greens have refused to just accept a ‘no’ vote and would transfer to introduce identical intercourse marriage even when the vast majority of individuals vote ‘no’.
Mr Howard argues the present parliament should guarantee non secular freedoms are protected if the ‘sure’ vote wins.
“The issue must be addressed before the survey is completed,” he stated within the advert.
“Leaving it as something to be taken up only in the event of a ‘yes’ vote prevailing is the equivalent of saying it does not matter very much.”
Ms Butler stated Mr Howard was “yesterday’s man” and whereas entitled to his opinion, it was “unfortunate” he had used his standing as a former prime minister to advocate for the ‘no’ marketing campaign.
“It was, as you know, the Howard government which changed the marriage act a long time ago to explicitly say the marriage is between a man and a woman,” Ms Butler informed reporters in Brisbane on Saturday
“It is a bit rich coming from someone who did change the marriage law without any need for a national opinion poll or a plebiscite or anything like that.”
Both present Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have promised to protect non secular freedoms if identical intercourse marriage is launched.
The most up-to-date ballot on the problem, carried out by Essential for the Guardian, confirmed 58 per cent of Australians help a change to permit identical intercourse to marry, with 72 per cent of those that had already voted indicating they’d voted ‘sure’.