Same-sex marriage: Premier Andrews tells Turnbull Victorians against plebiscite

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Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the crowd at the Equal Love Rally in June. Photo: Chris HopkinsVictorians do not want “a harmful public vote” on gay marriage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed in a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote on equality.
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And Mr Andrews has not ruled out pursuing state-based reform if the federal parliament fails to act on marriage equality.

“We have a proud history in this state of changing the law, and trying to be the progressive capital of our nation and that is not going to change,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday morning.

Premier Andrews has written to Mr Turnbull “on behalf of” Victorians calling on him to stand up to those in the Coalition who do not represent a “fair and modern country”.

“This plebiscite will hurt people. It will legitimise a hateful debate which will subject LGBTI Australians to publicly-funded slurs and denigration, further alienating a proud community who have fought so hard against prejudice for so long,” Mr Andrews writes.

“In Victoria equality is not negotiable. On behalf of my state, I urge you to accept there is no need for a costly and divisive plebiscite and agree to produce a bipartisan Bill to amend the Marriage Act within the next 100 days.”

He called on the Prime Minister to grant a free vote to all MPs which would allow Mr Turnbull to stand up to those in his party “who do not represent a fair and modern country”. I wrote a letter to the PM, because his plebiscite on marriage equality will hurt people. pic.twitter南京夜网/yQp5XTdVxE— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 24, 2016

In the letter, which was posted on the Premier’s social media pages on Monday morning, Mr Andrews outlines how Turnbull government MPs have said that they will vote against same-sex marriage regardless of the plebiscite result and how $160 million of taxpayers money will be wasted.

The Premier also took a swipe at Mr Turnbull for criticising the 1999 failed republic referendum.

“After a botched referendum in 1999, you accused a conservative prime minister of breaking the nation’s heart. If you fumble at this crucial moment, history will only remember you for the same thing.”

While moving to speak for all Victorians, Mr Andrews also added a personal touch by talking about the privilege he, and the Prime Minister, had of standing in front of friends and family at a wedding.

Merryn Tinkler, who has been with her partner Jenny Grinter for 25 years, also spoke alongside her 19-year-old son Matthew about the need for equality.

“It makes me want to cry that I can’t be recognised, that I’m not equal,” Ms Tinkler said.

In the past Mr Andrews has said politicians who say one thing before an election then do the opposite are punished by voters.

Challenged on Monday about whether he was encouraging Mr Turnbull to break an election pledge, Mr Andrews said the Prime Minister needed to listen to the weight of evidence against the plebiscite.

“We will see bigotry and prejudice like never before,” he said.

It is not the first time the premier has published letters on social media, sent to the PM, about non-state issues.

Earlier this year Mr Andrews wrote to Mr Turnbull asking him to let refugee children stay in Australia.

It is not the first time Mr Andrews has outlined his objection to the plebiscite. In March he told ABC TV’s Q&A that a plebiscite would cause a bitter debate in Australia and be “very divisive” and “spiteful”.

And a week before the federal poll the Premier addressed an equality rally in Melbourne attacking Mr Turnbull for allowing a “cowardly” plebiscite because he was too beholden to the right wing of his party.

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