The reason why the same-sex marriage plebiscite could cost you more

No doubt you’re sick of hearing about the same-sex marriage plebiscite. But the latest development might mean your taxpayers dollars

No doubt you’re sick of hearing about the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

But the latest development might mean your taxpayers dollars could be used to fund the campaign against same-sex marriage.

So what’s happening this time?

Well, some government MPs and senators are pushing for taxpayers dollars to be given to both sides of the debate.

Senator Eric Abetz wants the Government to give $10 million to the Yes and No campaigns.

He claims denying that funding would breach the plebiscite deal the LNP struck last year.

“I wanted to flag my concern up front straight away that this idea that somehow you can have a proper plebiscite without funding for the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ cases would not be the sort of plebiscite that was envisaged by the party room when we decided on it,” he told the ABC.

But several church leaders are claiming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised them funding for their campaign against same-sex marriage.

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies told the Sunday Telegraph the PM offered to fund both sides of the campaign.

A spokesman for Dr Davies said Mr Turnbull stated funding would be made available to both sides of the campaign “in words that were unambiguous”.

“The promise was later raised at a smaller meeting with Senator Brandis in March, who then asked what funding was appropriate, to which the Archbishop replied: The same amount as in 1999, CPI adjusted,” he said.

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton backs the archbishop’s claim.



“I am concerned the consultation we had been led to believe would occur has not occurred,’’ he said.

So what does Malcolm Turnbull have to say about it?

Well his office is denying such a promise was made.


The decision is yet to be made about whether public funding will be given to either side of the campaign.

But Mr Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis say that both sides would get equal funding if the government agreed to it.


There’s no guarantee though.

“We want to keep the cost of the plebiscite as low as it can be kept,” Senator Brandis told the ABC.


The Prime Minister said the issue was a matter for the Cabinet to decide.

What does the Opposition think of it all?

Well Labor MP Terri Butler is “very worried” about public money going to fund the no case.

“He’s talking about publicly funding an argument to say that human rights should not be extended to a minority. That is a significant concern that I have with this,” she said.

So what about Labor’s plans to push for a parliamentary vote on the issue?

Both the Labor party and the crossbench MPs introduced their own separate same-sex marriage bills to parliament this morning, with further debate expected on them as the week progresses.

What do you think? Should the Yes and No campaigns be funded in the same-sex marriage plebiscite? Or is the proposed plebiscite expensive enough as it is?

  1. Veritas  

    Why is this even being debated? So much for this Country following Christian beliefs’.
    Don’t agree with ‘same-sex’ union. It’s wrong in every way.

    Australia is becoming another ‘Sodom & Gomorrah’!

    It’s NOT a marriage, as THAT is between one man, & one woman, for the procreation of humankind.

    Amazing how these ‘minority groups’ cost the Australian Taxpayers’ millions’ of $ trying to get their ’cause’ recognised!

    • Good point. Perhaps the minority who want to force a re-definition of the nature and purpose of marriage upon everyone else should be the ones footing the bill?

      Furthermore, if we give in to one minority group then what basis would we have to deny any other minority who want it changed to accommodate their way of life?

      If we are going to go down that slippery slope you might as well get rid of marriage altogether and substitute “anything goes” !

    • Maria  

      I fully agree. There are so many other things that we should be spending this money on.
      For example aged care, the homeless, rehab centres for gods sake grab a brain.

    • Wiso  

      Absolutely agree !!

      We don’t need to waste all that money to convince us one way or the other. We already know what our vote is going to be so just get on with the vote. Don’t fund either argument.

  2. colin  

    of course Veritas would say Sodom and Gomorrah., obviously has NOT read the story. obviously is nice person with FULL EQUAL RIGHTS… yes that correct it is about EQUAL RIGHTS.

    there was no plebiscite about de facto, no consultation when that Howard changed the law. AND VERITAS, one assumes you follow the full CHRISTIAN doctrine, seperate houses when menstruating, no sex unless ” married, no divorce, you also believe in stoning an adulteress, you don’t eat shell fish or mix your foods. MAYBE we should go back to the good old days, no vote for women ( against biblical law) a woman is a chattel of the man to do what he wants with even sell her.

    AS a minority group the gay people don’t want to waste 200 million or more ( true cost not what the Lieberals are saying) just plain and simple fix the law as that is what parliament is for. It is actually THE CHRISTIANS that are demanding this plebiscite and now they are demanding for an advertising campaign to pillory and insult others who do not have equal rights. you need to look at children, grand children who are bullied bashed, murdered and commit suicide because of your attitudes.

    • Dorothy Hughes  

      Rubbish! The people will decide & will accept the decision whichever way it goes.l

  3. Khris  

    Cannot understand why PUBLIC monies need to be spent on EITHER side.
    We either agree with it or not as the case may be and vote accordingly.
    Here we are supposedly in deficit and yet the govt want to squander money supporting campaigns for and against!
    Beggars belief really!

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