Today, the coalition party room will meet for the first time since the election. Already Tony Abbott is in a snit, reportedly because he hasn’t been invited to join the ministry. He won’t like the advice Shelley Argent, of PFLAG, has for the meeting.
In a press released signed by herself and Rodney Croome, she insisted:
“The Coalition party room must drop the planned plebiscite and opt for a free vote on marriage equality instead.”
As national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), she has sent all Coalition MPs and Senators the research conducted by the Centre for Applied Political Psychology (CAPP) which shows only 40% support for a plebiscite with 60% against or undecided, not the claimed 70%. Support plummets further when voters are made aware of the cost, and the fact it isn’t binding.
Last week I spoke with Matt Farrugia, who conducted the research. He explains how the 70% figure was manufactured.
“I want Coalition members to know that their costly, damaging and unnecessary plebiscite proposal does not have the support they think it does”.“Independent academic expert, Dr Denis Muller, has confirmed the CAPP research is sound and accurate so there are no excuses to ignore it.”“The Coalition party room must drop the planned plebiscite and opt for a free vote on marriage equality instead.”