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Magda Szubanski and Fiona Nashclash over plebiscite

Magda Szubanski has clashed with National Party Senator Fiona Nash on Monday night’s Q&A during a heated debate on marriage equality.

Szubanski asked Nash, “do you think I’m equal to you?”

“My view is still the traditional view of marriage,” Nash said.

“I completely respect your view and your desire to see that as equality, others have a different view.”

Szubanski responded, “But you won’t give me my rights? Thanks for nothing” (3.29).


A questioner from the audience asked if not having a plebiscite, something Szubanski has been campaigning against, is worth it if that means waiting longer to achieve marriage equality.

Drawing upon her own experiences growing up, Szubanski said she contemplated suicide after realising she was gay, something that she couldn’t change.

“As an LGBTQI person, you’re a minority of one, within your own family. It is such a precarious feeling,” she said.

Labor MP Tony Bourke revealed he expects at the next party meeting in a few weeks time it is likely Labor will move forward with opposing a plebiscite.

“My instincts tell me we’re going to end up opposing it,” he said.

“If the intention is to have equality, it’s not equality if you pick this as the one issue in the last hundred years that you have to have a plebiscite over.”


Senator Nash expressed disappointment over the potential of a plebiscite not occurring, “that’s a shame”.

Bourke also expressed concern over a plebiscite after meeting with children from same-sex parent families.

“The way they put it, I found tremendously powerful, ‘I don’t want a national debate about my family’”.

“I don’t want the kids in the playground to be talking about whether my family is as good as theirs because everybody’s voting and it’s on the news every night.”


Rock legend Jimmy Barnes also showed his concern over a plebiscite.

“This argument we’re not getting nasty and ugly I think is really naive,” he said.

“It’s easy for us to all sit there and say let’s talk about this but if someone is nasty, about your way of life, about your being, it’s very difficult to sit and take, it’s not easy for an adult let alone a child”.

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zielwolf

zielwolf said on the 20th Sep, 2016

The media is turning the same-sex marriage plebiscite into an episode of Days Of Our Lives! Today Bill Shorten asked why he is delaying a decision on the plebiscite given the "emotional torment" it's causing people because they have to wait for a decision. Come on! Stop exploiting us! People are going to end up taking this as a total joke if the media get away with this kind of language.

Barrin

Barrin said on the 20th Sep, 2016

If people had stood up to politicians in 2004 the Marriage Act might not have been changed.
Twelve years too late Magda.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 20th Sep, 2016

If people had stood up to politicians in 2004 the Marriage Act might not have been changed.
Twelve years too late Magda.


agree Barrin

I've been posting similar.

It was very easy for the trolls to change it back then and I made a post with all the names who voted to change it and we
should send John Howard to the Bill or take it out of his Pension.

Something so easily done 12 years ago and the current Politicians cant do the same and they will fuck it up majorly.

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 20th Sep, 2016

If people had stood up to politicians in 2004 the Marriage Act might not have been changed.
Twelve years too late Magda.

And if Tony Abbott wasn't elected PM back in September 2013, then we most likely wouldn't be having a divisive plebiscite.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 20th Sep, 2016



And if Kevin Rudd wasn't returned as Prime Minister by the ALP we might night not have had Tony Abbott either in September 2013.

Despite what people say about Julia Gillard not being favourable in some electorates, I do feel she had support in the electorate which would have got the ALP over the line in an election.

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 9th Oct, 2016

Magda Szubanski is a wonderful woman. I'd love to see Magda as Australian of the Year for 2017.

Pissedoff

Pissedoff said on the 10th Oct, 2016

I think this is Bull what gives them the right to say NO. I am an Australian & Im proud off that give us all Equality.
NOW you do not have the right to deprive us of love & eternal happiness.