Hanson Young says Labor must commit to binding vote on marriage equality
Hot on the heels of AWU Secretary Paul Howes' comments that Labor should forget the conscience vote and instead bind its members to vote in favour of marriage equality, newly re-elected SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young has once again called on Labor to join the Greens in blocking any threat to the ACT’s marriage laws.
“With the ACT poised to pass marriage equality legislation by November, same-sex marriage will be legal for the first time and we need to protect that from Tony Abbott’s narrow-minded belief in discrimination,” said Hanson Young.
“The Greens will move to block any attempts by Tony Abbott to repeal those laws and Labor must commit to supporting that.
“The Labor Party must now commit to binding its members in support of marriage equality."
Hanson Young said both leadership contenders, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese, need to be transparent on whether they will genuinely support marriage equality by binding the Labor Party should they become leader.
“Marriage equality is an essential reform that has found its time in Australia. Tony Abbott and the Labor Party need to recognise that,” finished Hanson Young.
Senator Hanson Young will be a speaker at this evening's forum on the Furture of Marriage Equality at the Beauchamp Hotel, Darlingurst from 530pm.