Bill Shorten in Yeppoon to lend support to ALP candidate for Keppel (State Seat) Brittany Lauga.
Bill Shorten in Yeppoon to lend support to ALP candidate for Keppel (State Seat) Brittany Lauga. Chris Ison

OPINION: Shorten's marriage equality solution falls short

I HAVE never been backwards in coming forwards with my opinion about the need for marriage equality.

And while I commend the opposition leader Bill Shorten on his attempts at rectifying the current injustices faced by the LGBTIQ community, like many others I fear it just is not going to work.

While he pushes the marriage equality discussion back to the forefront of the Australian political landscape, I think it is about time discussions ceased and action takes place.

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But without a bipartisan bill where both major political parties are in agreement on the changing of the laws to allow same-sex marriages, nothing will be altered.

Even Warren Entsch, a vocal champion of marriage equality and an influential Liberal backbencher, has been openly against Bill Shorten's efforts to 'go it alone'.

Shorten's efforts, although seeming to be commendable, do feel to be only for political gain.

He appears to own this bill as a vote-grabbing medallion and that isn't what we need.

We need all of parliament to wear this together and really make a change for the betterment of Australia.

As Shorten himself has said, "The time's right for marriage equality, the debate has been had."



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