Politics

PM pleads with both sides of SSM debate

Posted on: Wed 23 Aug 2017

This week, news broke that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pleaded with both sides of the same sex marriage debate to campaign respectfully.

But since the announcement of the postal vote, there have been multiple examples of hate driven campaigning.

Unfortunately it seems as if history might be repeating itself, with divisive campaigning which is chillingly similar to those arguments which came about during Tasmania’s decriminalisation of homosexuality twenty years ago. 

Rodney Croome AM commented on how extreme things became in Tasmania, “when I talk about hate materials, that’s not an exaggeration. I’m talking about materials that called for LGBTI people to be executed, exiled and blamed for every ill under the sun,” he said.

Croome said that a vote in Parliament would see matters resolved a lot quicker, “we know that a majority of MP’s support it so if there was a free vote tomorrow in Parliament with MP’s able to vote according to their conscience it would pass without any hassle.”

Rodney Croome AM, Australian LGBTI rights activist and academic who fronted the successful campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania in 1997, joins Jennie Lenman and Ian Newton to share his perspective.

Produced by Kvitka Becker

Image source: Wikimedia Commons 

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