Press Gallery Canberra
8 August 2017
E & OE
Are you happy with the result form last night’s party meeting?
We had a good and respectful Party Room meeting. One of the great traditions of our party is that if a colleague, or colleagues want to put forward a proposition they can do so. Be heard respectfully. Other colleagues have the opportunity to have their say. But it was important that we reaffirmed the commitment that we took to the election, that the Australian people would have their say through a plebiscite on the issue of same sex marriage.
We will be having a Joint Party Room meeting discussion today, which will go through the mechanics. But our objective is to give the Senate another opportunity to consider the matter of a compulsory attendance plebiscite. That should happen this week. We will be arguing that case strongly. If we are unsuccessful we will then look to having a postal ballot so that the Australian people can have their say. Our election commitments weigh very heavily upon us and we are determined to do everything we possibly can to give effect to them.
Are you confident that a postal plebiscite will hold up to any legal challenge?
Media reform, is that happening this week or next? Are you going to put the legislation into the Senate and how much support do you think you have?
Parliament resumes today, how would you rate the mid-winter break for the government?
Going off the Prime Ministers previous statement, he said the idea of a postal plebiscite goes against the Australian democratic values, I mean why is it good for one and not the other?
Well our clear preference is to give effect to our election commitment through legislating for an attendance plebiscite. If the Labor Party don’t allow us to do that then we need to look to options to give effect to our election commitments. So if Bill Shorten doesn’t like the idea of a postal plebiscite then he can support our legislation in the Senate for an attendance plebiscite.