Time for Malcolm Turnbull to show some leadership on Same-sex marriage

Waleed Aly writes in The Age: “Same-sex marriage now joins serious climate change policy as one of Australian politics’ unachievables, where the machinations of Parliament sit entirely at odds with the demonstrated popular will.”

Malcolm Turnbull has been completely outmanoeuvred by Tony Abbott and the right wing of this party over this issue. The plebiscite has achieved almost everything thatThe right of the Liberal Party intended it to do. It hasn’t actually killed the idea off but it looks as if it will be delayed for the foreseeable future.

Unless Malcolm Turnbull decides to allow a free vote in the House of Parliament.

This still remains an option to allow the legislation to go forward. Many would say it’s the best and certainly the least expensive option.

But this will mean facing down Tony Abbott and the right wing of his party. If he wants to rescue his now-faltering prime ministership, he will need to demonstrate to the Australian electorate that he is not in thrall to this small group of out-of-touch conservatives.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses the media on March 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Australian Government is establishing a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to help emerging technologies. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)

 Malcolm Turnbull gives an estimation of his likely time as Prime Minister

One of the profound ironies of Australian politics is that the Prime Minister curries favour  with a group of people whose only aim is to get rid of him.  Eventually, he is going to have to confront and defeat them if he wishes to remain as Prime Minister.

 The longer he leaves it, the more difficult it will be.

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