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CEOs stand by marriage equality as Peter Dutton calls it 'politically correct nonsense'

CEOs stand by marriage equality as Peter Dutton calls it 'politically correct nonsense'

CREATED ON // Friday, 17 March 2017 Author // Rachel Cook

Business leaders who support marriage equality are resolute in their support after Cabinet Minister Peter Dutton called same-sex marriage “politically correct nonsense”.

More than 20 high profile business leaders penned a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the government to take action and pass marriage equality this week.

However, in an interview with 2GB Mr Dutton responded to the letter saying:

“The CEOs would be better off out there arguing at the moment for the economy to be run a particular way or for tax to be reformed in this way so that people grow their businesses and grow jobs as opposed to taking on these moral causes.

“If they want to run for politics, well resign from their position and stick their hand up at the next election but don’t jam your politically correct views down our throats.

“Some of these CEOs who are doing the wrong thing, frankly need to be publicly shamed and I think people frankly are getting sick of all this politically correct nonsense.”

One of the letters signatories Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott told ABC radio:

"That's his opinion - we're all entitled to our views.” She also remained Mr Dutton that she has long been fighting for tax reform as well.

Among the other signatories who signed the letter were executives from Qantas, Holden, Apple,AMEX, Telstra and Optus.

The letter read:

“The majority of Australians and MPs support this reform. We ask the Australian Parliament to deliver civil marriage equality for every Australian so that our nation can move forward as a more inclusive place to live, work and play.

“It is very clear that the business case for supporting civil marriage equality is compelling. Enabling loving, committed couples to be married, regardless of their sexual orientation will contribute to a stronger economy and a more inclusive Australia.”

Ivan Hinton-Teoh from just.equal said it is the CEOs right to comment on community matters:

“The freedom to discuss issues of public concern is a freedom we all hold dear. The country has been debating marriage equality for more than 13 years,’ he said.

“In the absence of political movement on marriage equality it’s only right that community members who find themselves in positions of power and influence use it to raise the issue, standing with the majority of Australians who wish the reform to pass.”


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Her book, Closets are for Clothes: A History of Queer Australia, is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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