Border town residents not interested in same-sex marriage say Assistant Minister for Education
Sussan Ley, the Assistant Minister for Education told audience members at ABC panel show Q&A hat voters in her electorate of Farrer (which takes in the border town Albury Wodonga) were uninterested in marriage equality.
Ley made the comment after an audience member raised the question from the floor. Ley commented she didn't think her community was ready for equal love, telling audience members she was rarely approached on the issue.
“I think it’s an idea whose time hasn’t quite come in the area of rural Australia and regional Australia that I represent,” Ms Ley said. “It’s a question that gets raised with me very rarely.”
Ley later expanded on her comments yesterday in an interview with The Border Mail, suggesting other issues were a priority for rural communties.
“When this issue comes up across Farrer, the most common response I hear is ‘Who is making this issue a priority, and why?’” she said.
Still Ley was willing to admit attitudes to same-sex marriage and LGBTI people had clearly become more positive but suggested more work needed to be done to limit bullying and harassment of LGBTI people in her electorate.
“That said, I still meet young men and women in our small country towns who feel harassed by outdated attitudes to their sexuality, so there remains more to be done in some areas,” she said.
Ley has previously gone on the record saying she would be unlikely to support a change to the Marriage Act.