Dear Malcolm Turnbull – every single death that eventuates from this ridiculous plebiscite, should it go ahead, will be on your head.
Their blood will be on your hands, because you are failing. You are failing to protect a whole group of individuals across the country because you prefer to keep the extreme right members of your party happy.
They are hateful people and their views should have died out with the dinosaurs.
How can you possibly tell the poorest sections of society that they are a drain on the budget, and then waste $15 million on a campaign for an estimated $160 million opinion poll that your own ministers have already said they plan to wilfully ignore? How can this colossal waste of money and time make any sense to you?
How can you legitimise giving $7.5 million to a group of hateful individuals to vilify consenting adults – people who love each other – because they happen to be of the same sex? How can you turn a blind eye to the kind of damage that will be done once your abhorrent right wing are given a government-endorsed platform to spout abuse and hate?
This conversation is beneath us. It belongs in the past. Hold the goddamn parliamentary vote already, and make marriage equality a reality for the many Australians who are gay, for those many people who do not deserve to be made to feel less than human because of their sexuality.
There are enough people who are no longer with us, who never lived to see the day same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia. Please don’t add to that number.
On behalf of my great uncle, who grew up in a time when who he was could land him in a cell or worse, who was kicked out of the air force for being gay, one of the most generous, kindest, and gentlest of individuals, who died this year with this debate still raging, sort this out already. And for my friend who died less than four days ago, who never got to see a day where marriage was a possibility for him, sort this out already – without letting a bunch of out-dated, vile voices try to influence a conversation that has zero to do with them anyway.
I don’t ever want to get married, and I know people, both gay and straight, who also have no desire ever to marry – but my stance on marriage doesn’t mean I would ever campaign for heterosexual couples to lose their right to marry.
Personal choice shouldn’t dictate this decision. Why should a bunch of homophobic straight people have a say in whether gay people should have the same basic right? It’s not hard.
This plebiscite is pointless and shows you for the weak man you truly are.
Sincerely, someone who is fucking sick of you wasting money on expensive, backwards, pointless and damaging decisions to appease your backbench.
Naomi Winner, a Macleay College B.Journalism graduate, was Newsroom editor for two trimesters in 2014. This commentary was first published on her personal blog.