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Malcolm Turnbull’s half-hearted push for marriage equality

Written By: admin - Dec• 12•18

Cold feet? There has been no landmark speech setting out Malcolm Turnbull’s modern n vision. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Same-sex marriage reform has been allowed to disintegrate.
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 In Aussie rules they call it “putting in the short steps”: a faux dash to the ball when a blood nose looms.

Malcolm Turnbull might have put in a few of these on his marriage equality plebiscite. Few doubt the member for Wentworth’s heart is in the right place, but how strongly is it beating?

The Prime Minister’s desultory path to the present is no secret. He opposed Tony Abbott’s plebiscite but then agreed to keep it as a condition of getting Abbott’s job. He then took that plan to an election, formed government, and has since pushed the legislation up to the Senate, where its demise is assured.

But why? For all the valid pre-election arguments against the plebiscite, there are stronger arguments for it now than he has advanced. One is that whichever way the question is decided, it requires the assent of heterosexual , either through MPs representing the broader community – i.e. Parliament – or directly via the plebiscite. So for all their divergent procedural characteristics, the qualitative moral differences claimed by the plebiscite’s trenchant opponents are exaggerated.

Then there’s the fact that despite the plebiscite having been a delaying tactic in 2015, the delay now is the insistence on a parliamentary vote – which could be years away. Justice delayed is justice denied.

There are other arguments too. But, curiously, Turnbull has put few forcefully and none systematically. Compare this with his advocacy of a lifetime visa ban on Manus and Nauru refugees. Announced only a week ago, he’s been pushing that divisive little wedge relentlessly in the days since.

A key element missing in favour of the plebiscite – and more importantly the legal discrimination it could quickly consign to history – has been the cogent, public case for reform.

Where is the Redfern Address setting out Turnbull’s modern n vision? The landmark speech outlining his case for the plebiscite; the more durable socio-political legitimacy it offers; the unfinished business of equality; and, crucially, the reassurance to those nervous about defeat (the great unspoken in this argument) that Turnbull will deliver. Instead, all most voters have heard is that the “yes” case would prevail as if it is not in doubt.

Even gathering crossbench numbers in the Senate is easier if the public is engaged. Yet this reform, like the shambolic republic debate in the late 1990s – at which Turnbull was also at the helm, incidentally – has been allowed to disintegrate, to sink under the weight of procedural mechanics, rather than soar on the uplifting promise of fairness and civic advancement.

No doubt the PM will argue that he held up his end, did what he could. But did he?

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