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Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey firms up Randwick Council support for a YES vote on marriage equality but Liberals try to rescind – 11th October 2017

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11th October 2017

The Editor
Southern Courier

As of last Tuesday night Randwick Council now officially supports a YES vote in the postal survey on marriage equality. This position came as a result of further debate on a previous recommendation by Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey.

This formalizing of the position came after an earlier decision to erect rainbow banners in the Council area.

Randwick Council’s official adoption of support for a YES vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey may be undone by a Liberal rescission motion to be debated on the 24th of October 2017.

But it is concerning to me that two out of five Labor Councillors voted with the Liberal party in an unsuccessful attempt to block the YES position.

This local division shows that Labor’s real level of support for marriage equality is much more tenuous than is generally assumed.

If such a lack of commitment also exists amongst Federal Labor MPs then we may yet see Bill Shorten unable to differentiate his party from Malcom Turnbull’s in a parliamentary vote.

Two Liberal Councillors and one independent Councillor have now lodged a rescission motion to force the Council to re-debate the decision.

I call on all our local Labor Councillors to unite with the three Green Councillors  to defeat the Liberal’s rescission motion against marriage equality in Randwick.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson