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McNamara challenges Gambaro on marriage vote: WIll you cross the floor?

McNamara challenges Gambaro on marriage vote: WIll you cross the floor?

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 23 August 2013 16:45 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Following a statement yesterday by federal LNP Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro that she will support same-sex marriage in parliament if given a conscience vote, Labor candidate for Brisbane Fiona McNamara has challenged Gambaro to state whether she would cross the floor to make that vote. 

Gambaro holds the seat of Brisbane by a margin of just 1.1 per cent.

"While I welcome [Gambaro’s] late change of heart, it has only come after polls showed her position to oppose marriage equality was out of step with community sentiment and the people of Brisbane were overwhelmingly supportive," McNamara said.

“The real question is – will she cross the floor?

“Ms Gambaro says she will push for a conscience vote, but Mr Abbott has already said he doesn’t support any ‘change based on the fashion of the moment’, so a vote for the Liberal Nationals at this election is a vote for the status quo.

"If she truly supports marriage equality then she really has to declare not only if she would vote yes in a conscience vote, but if she would cross the floor to vote in favour if her leader Tony Abbott does not allow Coalition MPs to vote on their conscience.”

McNamara said Labor MPs could already undertake a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The Australian Labor Party adopted same-sex marriage as part of its official policy platform in December 2011.

Read Teresa Gambaro's statement on marriage here.



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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