On World Mental Health Day, the Greens have urged the Turnbull government to consider the potential harm of a marriage equality plebiscite.
“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity time to foster good mental health, not put it at risk,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.
“The Prime Minister must recognise that government policy must not be detrimental to people's mental wellbeing, starting with his party’s proposed plebiscite.
“From trolls on social media to homophobic pamphlets being handed out at the footy, we’re already seeing the potential for damage in the marriage equality debate.
“All a plebiscite would do would give this hatred a $200 million megaphone, telling us what we already know – that the majority of Australians support marriage equality.”
World Mental Health Day coincides with a new study showing the Irish referendum on marriage equality had a deeply negative impact on the LGBTIQ community.
“The Greens call on Malcolm Turnbull to have the courage to stand up to his extreme back bench,” said Senator Rice.
“Labor have a responsibility to stop drawing this out and reject a plebiscite once and for all.
“We can have marriage equality by the end of the year with a free vote in the Parliament.
“The Greens will always stand with the LGBTIQ community to call out hatred and bigotry.”
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