As per the leftist playbook, they are slinging mud and ad hominems at Tony Abbott because he did not bow to their pressure and instead stayed true to the election promise that he made about refusing to redefine marriage for a tiny minority who largely have no interest in marriage as we know it.
Abbott is exactly the kind of man we need at this hour and the leftists hate it, hence the attacks on his “judgment” and character.
It’s funny how they love throwing his broken election promises at him – the ABC keeps a permanent record of it on display – but on redefining marriage, they want Abbott to break his promise to the public:
Conscience vote on gay marriage defeated
The Coalition’s marathon same-sex marriage debate ended in a short-term fix which has reignited internal doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgement and leadership.
Two thirds of the joint party room supported traditional marriage and binding MPs and senators to the status quo.
But the Prime Minister said in a late-night press conference this was the last term in which his party could be bound, although the policy it would take to the next election was yet to be settled.
“Our position going into the next election should be that in a subsequent term of Parliament this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people,” Mr Abbott said.
It is yet to be decided whether the popular vote will be a plebiscite, where a question can be carried by a simple majority, or a referendum-style vote which would set the far higher bar of needing to be carried by a majority of people in a majority of states.
In the eyes of those in the party who support change, that position resolves nothing.
Even supporters of traditional marriage said the Prime Minister’s handling of the day’s events was “messy” with one senior Liberal describing it as “madness”.
“I have never seen anything as mad as this,” the senior Liberal said.
“They were literally making it up as they went along.”
Ministers, MPs and senators told the ABC the ramshackle same-sex marriage debate and the slow dispatch of former speaker Bronwyn Bishop have rekindled the same doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgement and leadership that led to a party room revolt six months ago.
The debate began in the Liberal Party room at 9:00am yesterday, when the PM blindsided moderates by saying the issue would be decided by a joint party room vote, which includes 21 National Party MPs and senators.
In an impassioned speech, Education Minister Christopher Pyne argued that was tantamount to “branch stacking”, given the overwhelming majority of Nationals are opposed to change.
Ministers who don’t like party position should resign: Abetz
Some conservative MPs told the ABC they had decided to bring the matter to a head and that they had enlisted the Prime Minister’s support to do it.
They said party moderates should not have been surprised because they had been calling for a vote for months.
While a clear majority of the backbench supported the status quo, half of the ministry argued for a free vote, prompting Senate leader Eric Abetz to say any minister who did not like the party’s position should resign.
That sparked a caustic response from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“One thing I did learn as leader is that it’s probably best to keep the team together,” Mr Turnbull said.
“We are eight points behind in Newspoll, 14 points behind in Morgan. Are you seriously saying that having ministers resign would be good for us?”
It is understood Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg quoted the party’s founder Robert Menzies in a passionate speech supporting a free vote, and senator Arthur Sinodinos told colleagues he could not look a gay person in the eye and “tell them they’re the son of a lesser god”.
One Coalition backbencher said “the final count was 66-33 to keep the status quo”.
I’m feeling very disappointed and … I fervently wish the vote had gone the other way.
“This was more like 75 per cent until the executive spoke up,” he said.
“It proves the disconnect between some ministers and the grassroots and why we are having such poll problems.”
Other frontbenchers expressed their surprise that the vote had been called without warning and without being discussed by either the leadership group or the cabinet.
Deputy Liberal leader and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: “I thought we were supposed to be talking about climate change today”.
Treasurer Joe Hockey was the first member of the executive to propose a referendum in the next term, which was supported by the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister.
Conscience vote debate will be revisited: Laming
LNP MP Warren Entsch said his same-sex marriage bill would be introduced to Parliament on Monday, but accepted it would not pass if put to a vote.
“I can confirm that the Bill will be introduced on Monday morning when I intend to highlight some of the very personal and heartfelt stories that have led me to take this path,” he said.
“I have to concede however that given today’s decision, the likelihood of failure, should it come to a vote, is assured.”
Mr Entsch also said he was not “angry” about the outcome from the six-hour meeting.
“While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I am not angry and I accept the decision of the party room.”
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Liberal councillor and Mr Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, who is engaged to a woman, said she was very disappointed with the result of the party room meeting.
“I’m feeling very disappointed and … I fervently wish the vote had gone the other way,” she told Lateline.
“For me it goes to core Liberal principles [by] which we are all equal before the law.”
Queensland LNP MP Andrew Laming said he argued strongly for a conscience vote.
“There is a very strong and emerging current for this to be revisited but it won’t be happening in this election term,” he said.
Fellow Queenslander George Christensen was pleased with the result.
“I’m very happy with where we’ve landed on this,” he said.
“It was robust in some respects, but also very healthy and everyone was very respectful.”
A Coalition MP said: “[The outcome of the meeting] proves the disconnect between some ministers and the grassroots and why we are having such problems.”
Abbott said it best here:
…this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people…
Redefining the historic definition of marriage, something that will affect all of society, should not be made by politicians behind closed doors.
And really, a nation can redefine marriage all it wants but you can’t actually change what marriage is any more than you can make a dog human by calling it “human”.
So this is a momentary victory for truth and it backs Tony Abbott as sincere, something the left prove consistently to not be as they try to find legal loopholes to change an age-old institution on the whim of the tiny minority that is the LGBT lobby.
Interestingly, there are roughly the same number of Muslims in Australia as there are homosexuals so I wonder why they wouldn’t include polygamy, an acceptable practise in Islam according to Islam’s founder Muhammad, in their attempts to destroy our society. Perhaps time is all they need?
“The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:20-24 ESV