The Australian Liberal Party: When Betrayal is a Core Principle

The Australian Liberal Party: When Betrayal is a Core Principle, by James Allan.

Mark Brindal is a former South Australian Liberal minister, an academic, a public policy consultant and a commentator. …

He tells us that upwards of 80% of Aussies now accept gay marriage. … But this unspoken Brindalian reliance on polls is meaningless fluff.  If that were our test then Australia would today be a republic. …

The second ploy Brindal marshals is to point out that this will be a conscience vote. But so what? That’s not a good thing when your party made a specific promise to me, and to all voters, that it would precisely not take that route.  … Personally, if the Libs are going to lie to voters then I’d prefer that they started by slashing the money flowing to the ABC, killing the RET down to zero, and getting us out of the Paris Accord.  Or here’s an idea: honour the promise you made in 2013 and get rid of 18C lock, stock and two stinking barrels. …

Basically, what you’re being fed by Mr. Mark Brindal is a Mark Textor worldview on steroids.  It’s premised on this idea that long-time conservative Liberal voters can be lied to and sold down the river because they have nowhere else to go. …

I have no idea what percentage of Australians support same-sex marriage and neither does Brindal. That’s the point of having the plebiscite. But if it really is 80% then why does any pro-same-sex marriage person fear the plebiscite? There is no answer to that. So get on with it.

hat-tip Stephen Neil