Farrer MP Sussan Ley targeted by marriage equality campaign

Farrer MP Sussan Ley targeted by marriage equality campaign

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:46 Written by // Cec Busby

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.”



Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Comments (2)

  • Dave

    30 July 2014 at 08:02 |
    Great to see her staff writing in here. Susan Ley grew up with discrimination in Africa, so I would have thought she would know better then to single people out for ill treatment and discrimination. Clearly she is feeling the heat from the polling the LNP uses, and it demonstrates she is out of touch like Sophie Mirabella was with her electorate.

    Heaps of people are talking about the extraordinary results, but having lived in the area I am not surprised. People support Liberal values, values of freedom, not a nanny State. When the electorate voted for independent Cathy McGowan, they were voting for liberal values, but had to choose an independent as the local branches in the area put up people who are hard line nutjobs over good candidates, more often then not.

    The poll clearly has Susan Ley rattled. Given she voted to tax the sick and dying, it adds to a portrait of someone in crisis mode. She may personally not support marriage equality and ending discrimination in other areas, she can be a bigot as it is all the rage these days, but she cannot say she represents her electorate anymore, as on a growing list of issues, Susan Ley is out of touch and could face a challenge within her own branch, or face what Sophie did, but this time with a swing against the party, doubling those fleeing her.


  • Fair Dinkum

    29 July 2014 at 21:35 |
    Rodney Croome has more spin than Shane Warne!
    The poll may have only reached 6 people in Farrer. Tell the truth for a change Rodney!


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