By Jeremy Sollars
The Federal Electorate of Maranoa returned a ‘no’ vote to the same-sex marriage survey, with the results released last week.
Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said he would use his vote in the House of Representatives in line with the electorate’s result.
“While Maranoa didn’t return the highest ‘no’ vote in Australia, survey results revealed 56.1 per cent of Maranoa voted no and I will use my vote according to my electorate’s wishes,” Mr Littleproud said.
He said his personal decision was to vote ‘no’ but that he had always said he’d “listen to Maranoa and vote according to the majority”.
“In Maranoa, I believe the debate was respectful and considerate and, in my electorate, 78.2 per cent of eligible voters returned their survey compared to the Queensland participation rate of 77.9 per cent,” he said.
Across Australia, 61.6 per cent voted in favour of same-sex marriage, with a national participation rate of 79.5 per cent.
In the House of Representatives, 17 federal electorates returned a no vote out of 150 seats.
“Regardless of the result, we stick together in the bush. If there’s a flood or fire – no matter your background or lifestyle – we’re all standing side-by-side filling sandbags or volunteering to help the whole community,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Australians have spoken and resolved the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry – it’s now up to elected representatives to organise the legislation and I’ll play a constructive role to make sure it meets society’s expectations.
“Religious freedom and if same-sex marriage would be included in our education system were consistently raised with me as areas of concerns so, as the Maranoa MP, I will make sure my electorate’s strong voice will form part of this further debate.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to introducing legislation in Federal Parliament before Christmas to enable same-sex marriage was in doubt this week as wrangling over religious protection and parental rights in the legislation began.
Conservative federal politicians, including Treasurer Scott Morrison, are insisting the new law incorporate such protections, with parliamentary debate likely to push adoption of same sex marriage legislation into early in the new year.