letters to the editor Thursday November 16 2017

FOLLOW OUR LEAD: People react after watching the marriage vote result announcement at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney on Wednesday. Picture: David MoirPerhaps the most interesting statistics to come out of the postal survey results are that 133 of the 150 federal electorates returned a yes vote, as did all states and territories.

This means thatif they truly represent the wishes of the majority of constituents in their electorates and their states, at least 133 members of the House of Representatives and all senators must vote in support of legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

The no vote’s campaigners, whose number include some politicians,took every opportunity to air their concerns about religious freedom, discrimination and political correctness. Those concerns were rejected by the majority of adult ns who cast their vote.

Accordingly, members and senators have no reason to equivocate.There is no reason why the legislation should not be passed this week.Incidentally, I note that Tony Abbott’s Warringah electorate voted roughly 75 per cent in favour.

Withthree out of four voters casting a yes ballot, Mr Abbottwould be hard pressed to argue against immediate passage of the same-sex marriage legislation.

John Ure,Mount HuttonRead more: The Hunter said YES

IT’S ALLABOUT FAIRNESSThe result of the expensive survey on same-sex marriage is,I think, more a win for common sense than a win for democracy. If that system was to follow through in our society we would now have the right to choose for ourselves to be able to die with peace and dignity, with no political interference.

I say that this debate is a win for common sense because there isone question that was never canvassed.I blame the medical professionals, psychiatrists and psychologists who have first-hand knowledge for not speaking out on the fact that sexual orientationis not a “lifestyle choice” but a make-up of thebody that we eachwere born with.

That being the case, it then becomes a simple question of whether all people are equal and deserving access to the same status underall of society’slaws.

Allan Earl,ThorntonRead more: Scenes of jubilation in Islington as votes Yes

THE END OF A DETOUR​So here we are with results of the same-sex marriage postal vote revealed. What a complete waste of time and money.

My understanding is thathad there beena nowin then it wasall over, but a yes victory means the matterhas to go to Parliament to be passed. This iswhere it should have gone for determination originally.

According to news reports, it is now a 100 to one chance that legislationwill be passed, so what the heck did we all vote for?

What a kick in the stomach for all those who went and voted as they saw it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said take it to the people. What a joke. The way it is going in Parliament with this dual citizenship problem, who among them will legally be able to cast a vote?

This is another question for Mr Turnbull.

Doug Buchanan,SwanseaRead more:Same-sex marriage results – What happens next?

DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGERThe ultra-right conservatives in the Liberal party have reached an all time low with the Senator James Patterson’s bill.

Imagine a couple in all the excitement and happiness of planning their wedding going into a shop to order the flowers, the cake, the photographs and being told by a business owner “I don’t approve of your marriage on the basis of my religious beliefs so I refuse to serve you”.

From those whoclaim to be people of faith,where is the compassion and the love for their fellow human being? I can’t see it.

This is a new form of nastiness and discrimination and I hope the greater Parliament will let them have their say and then reject this outrage. Ittakes us back to the days when women couldn’t be served in parts of hotels, indigenous ns were refused service in many places and gay people were considered criminals.

I don’t want to belong to a country that doesn’t give every citizen the same rights.There are lots of viewpoints I don’t agree with, but to prevent others from going about their lives is not acceptable. The world has moved on and you need to accept it.

Sarah Taylor,MerewetherPOINT-SCORING MISSES MARKKristina Keneally, the former NSW Labor Premier, throws her hat intothe ring to contest the seat of Bennelong (“Ex-premier to contest Bennelong by-election”,Herald15/11) and straight away the mud starts to fly from the Liberals,who are apparently without sins of their own.

Oh, what a squeaky clean mob they are.

Instead of slinging mud, they should be taking notice of the words of departing Senator Jacqui Lambie (“Emotional Lambie quits over dual citizenship”,Herald15/11) whosaid in her final words to the Senate: “I have never voted for any legislation to fix the budget bottom linethat will push impoverished ns further into poverty. It is not about the budget, it is about the welfare of n citizens.”

Darryl Tuckwell,EleebanaTAKE TIME FORCITIZENSHIPByelections are due in several federal electorates because certain politicians bypassed the rules of the n Constitution.The wording is unambiguous:“Any person who is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.”

Any person who believes they have the intelligence to serve as a politician would surely read that section in its entirety and ensure they comply.

Some of thosedeemed ineligible from the time of their initial candidatureby no less an authority than the n High Court intend to return as members of Parliament or the Senatewithout penalty.

They held those positions while they were technically not eligible to seek them, acquiring benefits along the way. In my view they must make restitution.

I will wonder at the future intentions of the other candidates if they are prepared to overlook this serious breach of our Constitutionand a failure to make restitution by those deemed ineligible. They would be doing themselves a favour by promulgating their opinion on whether these ineligible incumbents should be allowed to stand again.Let the offendersseekre-electiondown the track, but not straight away.

Those candidates who agree that the incumbents should be allowed to benefit from their election while ineligible will do so without my vote or respect.

Neil Forscutt,Willow Tree

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