Who are our politicians elected to serve?
Obviously not the people who elect them, and pay their wages!
Malcolm Turnbull has said that he is going ahead with the plebiscite on marriage equality proposed by Tony Abbott, “to let the Australian people decide”. All because our politicians are incapable of making the decisions for which we pay them handsomely.
Although it will cost over $150 million of the Australian people’s money, several members of the coalition, including Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi, have stated that they will not be bound by the result of the plebiscite and will still cast their votes according to their consciences. In other words, they know the Australian people will vote yes, to allow marriage equality, but because of their personal principles will vote against it.
I know that I may be naive, but I thought that politicians were elected to serve the interests of those who elected them . This rash of senators and MPs stating that their principles, conscience, beliefs etc, would force them to vote against marriage equality even if a majority of Australians support it have, in my view, a choice. They can represent the wishes of their electorate or, in light of their strongly held principles, resign from Parliament. Anything else would be hypocritical.