SUSAN LAMB MP
MEMBER FOR LONGMAN

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DOORSTOP
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2016


SUSAN LAMB: Well, good morning, it’s awfully cold this morning, it’s a little bit like Malcolm Turnbull’s heart isn’t it when it comes to the love of every Australian. So yesterday, the Parliamentary Labor party unanimously decided not to support Malcolm Turnbull’s harmful and divisive Plebiscite Bill.

As a parliamentarian I support marriage equality, but on a very, very personal level I also support opposing the plebescite.

From my son, from voters I spoke to on train station platforms, to a 73 year old man who contacted me on email, and my email inbox that is full, people are asking for us to support the love of every Australian, and value it.

JOURNALIST: Will you be happy to wait another three years for marriage equality, now that the plebiscite’s not going ahead?

LAMB: We could make marriage equality a reality this week, we could do it today or tomorrow.  We can do that.

JOURNALIST: How likely do you think this is to happen though, that you’ll actually get support from the Coalition?

LAMB: Well it was never likely with Malcom Turnbull. He was never serious about marriage equality. The only thing he’s serious about is delaying the inevitable.

JOURNALIST:  Will you feel comfortable, will you feel at peace with yourself if gay marriage doesn’t happen during this decade because in part your decision yesterday?

LAMB: My decision yesterday to support our position to oppose the Bill was to ensure the love of every single person is valued, and is not harmful in a plebiscite. I’m comfortable with that. I know that for both my son and families of the LGBTIQ community, we want the very best and the fastest way forward and that is a free vote on the floor. We were not elected to sit silently on the backbench; we’re elected to vote and that’s what we’re willing to do.

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