Farrer MP Sussan Ley targeted by marriage equality campaign
Border town MP, Sussan Ley, is about to be inundated with postcards showing support for same-sex marriage as Australian Marriage Equality (AME) ramps ups its efforts to get MPs on board to back reform.
A recent poll in Ley’s constituent showed 86 per cent support for gay marriage. Speaking to the Border Mail, Ley said it’s people’s opinions, not polls that count and she wanted to hear directly from voters on how they felt on the issue.
Over the weekend AME advocates were in Albury drumming up support for marriage equality, asking people to sign postcards to send to Ley’s office. It was the last stop on a 40 electorate whistle stop tour of Liberal seats where local members were wavering or uncertain on supporting the reform.
AME national director Rodney Croome said Farrer has shown a majority of support for gay marriage, which ran contrary to Ley’s belief that she voiced in an appearance of Q&A earlier this year where she suggested her constituents weren’t read for marriage equality.
Croome said the poll results proved otherwise.
“Farrer showed support above the national average, which I think sends a strong message to Ley that if she supported marriage equality she would be representing the majority of her electorate,” he said.
“I think the stereotype that rural and regional Australia don’t understand same-sex relationships is wrong.”
Ley told the Border Mail while she didn't discount the polls findings, she preferred to hear from people in person.
“I’m not saying the poll is right or wrong — I’m a politician, so I’m surrounded by polls all the time — but I try to get to the heart of the issues without polls.
“I think the best information I can get is by talking to people ... I’d rather have people talking to me than sit in my office looking at a piece of paper with numbers on it.”