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Podcast: The Purpose of Plebiscite


Tuesday, 16th August 2016 at 11:46 am
Ellie Cooper, Journalist
In this episode of Not for Podcast, Pro Bono Australia investigates whether the question of same-sex marriage should be put to the people via a plebiscite or go straight to Parliament.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016
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Ellie Cooper, Journalist


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Podcast: The Purpose of Plebiscite
Tuesday, 16th August 2016 at 11:46 am

In this episode of Not for Podcast, Pro Bono Australia investigates whether the question of same-sex marriage should be put to the people via a plebiscite or go straight to Parliament.

same-sex marriage plebiscite

The Abbott government first committed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage a year ago, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was firm on the issue in his election campaign.

It’s now been pushed back to next year, and many groups are determined to take it off the table all together.

It’s going to be expensive, with estimated costs of $160 million, and many people fear it could be divisive, leading to a hate campaign.

Another sticking point is the non-binding result, meaning politicians will be free to disregard public opinion and stick to their own.

Yet, many feel all Australians should be given a chance to have their say.

In Purpose of Plebiscite, academics, politicians and advocates debate the issue, while a mental health expert explains the impact on the LGBTI community.

Download the transcript here.

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Produced by Ellie Cooper and Wendy Williams.


Ellie Cooper  |  Journalist |  @ProBonoNews

Ellie Cooper is a journalist covering the social sector.

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One Comment

  • Laurie Patton says:

    The big danger for the Government (and eventually for all political parties) comes if they hold a plebiscite that favours SSM and some of their MP’s decide to vote against SSM in parliament because their electorate voted no. Political Scientists call it an Imperative Mandate when an elected representative votes according to the wishes of their constituents. Nothing would stop MP’s in future voting down the Government’s legislation because that’s what they think their constituents want them to do.

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