Good morning everyone,
Day 28, and I have already spent time wondering if I will return home to another response to these letters. Or perhaps that was all I get. One response for all that work. One response for those other 29 Australians who also put forward their case for equality.
People have been asking me why I decided to do this project. For a big part of it, I just had to do something. Politicians and media alike seemed to decide that the issue was finished, becaue the plebiscite was [rightly] voted down in the Senate. But more importantly, I want to show people that it doesn’t take much to take action.
If you take one thing from this project, and from these 30 Australians, it should be that you should write your own letter.
Very conservatively, support of marriage equality is at 60%, thats almost 14 millions Australians. If just 1% of those people wrote a letter to Malcolm Turnbull, that would be 140,000 letters. The Attorney General’s office said they can’t respond because of the volume of correspondence. But that volume could be so much bigger.
This project is nearing an end. Go out, buy an envelope and a stamp, and take 30 minutes out of your life to write to the Prime Minister.
Today’s submission is from my incredible sister, Carmen O’Meara. It talks about fairness and the type of Australia we should all aspire to achieve.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
12 December 2016
#DearPM: Marriage Equality (28 of 30)
To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,
Twenty-eight days down, and we are looking at discrimination. Many of the submissions that I have received, talk about fairness. It’s a pretty fundamental Australian value, fairness. And to think what is fair in this situation, it is a free vote in the parliament on marriage equality.
You see, a plebiscite is a manifestation of discrimination. When this kind of law is made through a parliamentary vote, as a matter of course, it should be expected to continue that way. To say that there is one way for laws that affect most people, but a different way to legislate for a law that only affects the LGBTI community. Well that’s discrimination. But I think you already know that, Prime Minister. Because we all know that you want a free vote on this issue.
Take a deep breath, and repeat after me: I am allowing a free vote on all marriage equality legislation that comes before the parliament.
Today’s submission is from my incredible sister Carmen O’Meara, who shares her case for marriage equality.
Dear Mr. Turnbull,
I am writing to you regarding the current status of marriage equality in Australia and hoping to persuade you to change the law to include all Australians.
The current status of marriage laws in Australia is unacceptable.
This form of direct discrimination is an embarrassment and to say that we are currently treated as equal as human beings in this country is simply incorrect.
Why does Australia have to be so behind the times in this situation?
Our home may be girt by sea but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look to our contemporaries for insight and example.
I have heard you say that you and your party pride yourselves on getting things done. Let’s be socially innovative, let’s be accepting and inclusive, and let’s be proud to move forward on this issue.
Make your mark and make 2017 the year that you get this done.
In history’s page let every stage Advance Australia Fair.
Carmen O’Meara, Victoria
- What is the Prime Minister doing to achieve marriage equality as soon as possible?
This is my twenty-eighth letter in a series calling for a free vote on marriage equality in the parliament, and in your current term. A free vote is the correct way to legislate for marriage equality. You could allow this to happen today.