Fellow Ryan Goss on the unnecessary marriage equality plebiscite


CPD Fellow Ryan Goss outlines the legal issues that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage would present to the Parliament and High Court of Australia.

In his piece for The Conversation, Ryan approaches the controversial policy of the Coalition government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality from a legislative perspective. Acknowledging that the prospect of a public vote will be both financially costly and damaging to LGBTI communities, Ryan further argues that constitutionally it is simply and ultimately unnecessary. However, if this flawed model is to proceed, there are several traps and pitfalls that must be considered and avoided by the government to ensure that a public vote is organised in the fairest manner possible.

Read Ryan’s argument here.

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