And so it was, the Coalition’s marathon same-sex marriage debate in Canberra has ended in farce.
With two thirds of the joint party room supporting ‘traditional’ marriage, our MPs and senators have drawn attention to the fact that our country remains stuck in the 50’s. According to some it’s made us an international laughing stock.
To the disappointment of many, our current government is yet to decide on exactly what policy it will take to next year’s election.
“Our position going into the next election should be that in a subsequent term of Parliament this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people,” Mr Abbott said.
What form will this take, PM? Will this popular vote will be a plebiscite, where the controversial question can be carried by a simple majority? Or perhaps even a referendum-style vote?
The latter of course, is far more risky for supporters of same sex marriage (as I am) as it would need to be confirmed with a much greater majority of Australian’s across all state’s and territories. It’s fairly obvious it would pass here in the ACT.
What else is certain is that ministers, MPs and senators are becoming even more concerned over the Prime Minister’s handling of this debate and the issue surrounding former speaker Bronwyn Bishop. The image of Mr Abbott sharing a kiss with Ms Bishop on Monday, whilst others clearly kept their distance, has rankled many.
There are now even more doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgement and leadership.
One can only wonder whether it leads to another party room revolt similar to the one we saw six months ago.
There are also many predicting Malcom Turnbull will become increasingly vocal in the near future.
Perhaps a plebiscite is the better way to go – but it should be done in line with the next election, and NOT after.
Marcus Paul is the host of Canberra Live 3pm weekdays on 2CC.