Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Local member Barry Haase spoke out in parliament against proposed same-sex marriage laws.
“I do not believe that the population of this country want further nonsense from this government and the same sex topic would probably be one of the least important issues ever brought to this House for the majority—and don’t we aspire to govern for the majority,” he said.
You can read his statement here:
Federal Member for Durack
M E D I A R E L E A S E
14 February 2012
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Mr Haase, Federal Member for Durack, yesterday spoke in the House of Representatives against same sex marriage. Speaking on the contentious Private Members Bill that asks that should the Marriage Act 1961 be amended to allow same sex marriage, no obligation is imposed on any church minister to perform this ceremony, Mr Haase asked “why earth must we rush headlong to change things simply for the sake of change”.
Mr Haase said “GetUp! is considered to be one of the great modern institutions we should all be aware of the significance of. Yet they rate the importance of same‐sex marriage and equality in marriage as 11th out of 12 issues. About 14 per cent of the population strongly support changing the Marriage Act while 18 per cent strongly oppose changing the Marriage Act. But what about that vast silent majority for whom this is not even on the radar?”
Mr Haase said “I do not believe that the population of this country want further nonsense from this government and the same sex topic would probably be one of the least important issues ever brought to this House for the majority—and don’t we aspire to govern for the majority”
“Don’t we want good governance that will lead this nation forward to a brighter future, setting good, solid role models for the future of our children? This ought to be an honourable place and a place of permanence. It ought to have good legislation brought before it for good reasons. There is no good reason for the introduction of any of these bills and they ought to be voted down”.
“It does not make sense for good, honest, upright members of this chamber to be dragged into such a debate simply because the government of the day wishes to embrace these minorities in order to maintain their support in votes in this House. It is not only a contradiction; it is an affront to good government.”