Liberals “furious” with Turnbull over Mardi Gras attendance

Malcolm Turnbull could soon become the first prime minister to attend Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras while in power.
Australia

Malcolm Turnbull could soon become the first prime minister to attend Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras while in power.

While no sitting Prime Minister has made this gesture, Turnbull himself attended last year as the Member for Wentworth, fuelling speculation he’ll do the same again.

While nothing has been locked in, the simple possibility is reportedly causing a fair share of controversy. 7 News described the response from several conservative Liberal MPs as “furious” and “quietly fuming”.

One unnamed MP said it would be a “dangerous thing” to do – especially in an election year – and it could “amplify divisions within the party”.

Alex Greenwich, Independent member for Sydney and co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, was understandably more enthused. He said it would be “a wonderful event for the Prime Minister to attend”.

Another sitting Liberal MP told 7 News “he shouldn’t have been there in the past let alone now”.

“This is going to cause some real problems’ for the government.”

Not all Liberals share this view, however. Queensland MP Warren Entsch, who has been pushing for marriage equality, said he had no problem with it.

“I wouldn’t be discouraging him from doing it, that’s for sure”.

Mr Entsch added that he wants the Australian Government to agree on a plebiscite on marriage equality by March, with a national vote held within 100 days of the next election.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is likewise enthusiastic about the idea.

“I think it would be fine for Malcolm Turnbull to go. If I was prime minister, I would be delighted to go and I’d take my family too”.

Do you agree? Should Malcolm Turnbull accept the invitation? And do you believe his attendance – one way or the other – would have a genuine affect on Australia’s marriage equality situation?

  1. No. He should not take any part in such a disgustingly perverted event.

    • I am usually an open minded person, but I feel Mardi Gras is of poor taste and only promotes gay sexuality.

    • I am usually an open minded person, but I feel Mardi Gras is of poor taste and only promotes gay sexuality.

    • Funny Marisa Viel I have been to a number of these I find them colorful very creative and above all I see a community within even the viewers are part of this peaceful community. Unlike you who think that only you are normal stay in your own narrow community because I wouldn’t want to be part of it.

    • Funny Marisa Viel I have been to a number of these I find them colorful very creative and above all I see a community within even the viewers are part of this peaceful community. Unlike you who think that only you are normal stay in your own narrow community because I wouldn’t want to be part of it.

    • Marisa even if Turnbull doesn’t go..the Maddi Gra is a big success , it brings in $ to Australia with overseas tourists, it will continue. But he does support gay marriage and it would be good if he backed up that support with an appearance. I would not worry to much I don’t think he will have the courage of his convictions..time will tell

    • Marisa even if Turnbull doesn’t go..the Maddi Gra is a big success , it brings in $ to Australia with overseas tourists, it will continue. But he does support gay marriage and it would be good if he backed up that support with an appearance. I would not worry to much I don’t think he will have the courage of his convictions..time will tell

    • I think its amusing you consider yourself open minded. Open minded people dont try to dictate how others have chosen to live their own lives.

    • I think its amusing you consider yourself open minded. Open minded people dont try to dictate how others have chosen to live their own lives.

    • Marisa Viel When you say it only promotes gay sexuality, I think it’s there to celebrate a sexuality that has been shamed for decades. If by promote you mean those attending might become gay, well it hasn’t worked on me yet and I lived in the Cross and went to many. Like Joan, I am sorry you feel this way.

    • Marisa Viel When you say it only promotes gay sexuality, I think it’s there to celebrate a sexuality that has been shamed for decades. If by promote you mean those attending might become gay, well it hasn’t worked on me yet and I lived in the Cross and went to many. Like Joan, I am sorry you feel this way.

    • You have the right to say what you think and feel but the consequences are you have to accept others responding to your point of view. This is Facebook afterall

    • You have the right to say what you think and feel but the consequences are you have to accept others responding to your point of view. This is Facebook afterall

    • Bea Little I don’t live in a small community. On the opposite, I have travelled & lived in many parts of the world, and I am preparing to start a new adventure. Places I have been see this event as a sign that Australia has yet to grow up.

    • Bea Little I don’t live in a small community. On the opposite, I have travelled & lived in many parts of the world, and I am preparing to start a new adventure. Places I have been see this event as a sign that Australia has yet to grow up.

    • fair enough Marisa… and while you at at it, horse racing promotes gambling and is cruel to animals, elite sport promotes drug taking, organized religion promotes pedophilia and the subjugation of women … all of which I consider to be in poor taste. So how about we stop politicians going to sporting fixtures, the races and church too?

    • fair enough Marisa… and while you at at it, horse racing promotes gambling and is cruel to animals, elite sport promotes drug taking, organized religion promotes pedophilia and the subjugation of women … all of which I consider to be in poor taste. So how about we stop politicians going to sporting fixtures, the races and church too?

    • Marisa Viel As Maggie Thatcher might say “what places you have been to see this event as a sign that Australia needs to grow up? Name them? ” Tongue in cheek Marisa as I know no place has ever told you such a thing.

    • Marisa Viel As Maggie Thatcher might say “what places you have been to see this event as a sign that Australia needs to grow up? Name them? ” Tongue in cheek Marisa as I know no place has ever told you such a thing.

    • I have been to Rio. Loved their beautiful Carnival with incredibly amazing costumes…..Very tastefully done.

    • I have been to Rio. Loved their beautiful Carnival with incredibly amazing costumes…..Very tastefully done.

    • try to keep an open mind Marisa, always remember gay people are humans with the same human feeling we all have and they don’t choose their sexuality, nature does

    • try to keep an open mind Marisa, always remember gay people are humans with the same human feeling we all have and they don’t choose their sexuality, nature does

    • Well Marisa your travels hasn’t really opened your eyes and as far as Australia growing up we lead the world in the gay Mardi Gras and I agree with Libbi it brings millions into the country as a result. What I love about travel is meeting new people experiencing new ways being open and nonjudgmental. When I travel and take new adventures on I am always amazed at what our wonderful world is even those who think they know it all and like to put others down. You see this makes me smile it makes me see that some evolve and some don’t. That some people can really open there eyes and hearts but others are just blind and don’t really see.

    • Leanna Stephenson I am not talking about gays as people. I have beautiful gay friends. I am only talking about the purely sexual way they present themself in such event. Surely there is much more in a gay relationship than their dosplay of nudity etc…

    • Marisa Viel Oh if only you’d phrased it like that initially, you might have saved some pain 🙂 I suppose the answer might be that it takes a strong swing of the pendalum for it to come back to the centre. When homosexuality has been revilled and demonised for so long, it takes some shock tactics to redress the balance. Having said that, I’ve been several times and never seen anyone nude. I’ve seen folks scantily dressed but then that is the case in the Rio Carnivale that you deem to be tasteful. Great to have such an open discussion though.

    • U’s may not like Marisa’s comment, but I agree, she has a right to say what she thinks, or feels. U’s say that they have the right to the Mardi gras, or which ever they do.. Then she is entitled to her say.. The Mardi gras mite be fun and colourful to some, but not everyone wants it in their face. And why exploit themselves anyway, the way some do.. I am sure there r gay and lesbian ppl out there, that mite not even agree on it themselves!! Not everyone is the same!! Straight or not!! There r things in this country that need more attention, than some Mardi gras!! And when ur looking for votes, u’ll do pretty much anything, to look good and get them, won’t u!! And I am sure I will be cut down now, thru my comment.. Well, that’s ok, most welcome too.. 😊

    • Shows how little you know you dont become gay your born gay. When did you decide to be straight ? Yes some work out they are later than other after trying to conform to the accepted but thats it. Its not disgusting its a natural variation in humans and in many speciesof animals getting educated ya homophobe

    • Marisa Viel is a Italian Catholic. No point in providing her with any feedback, she is already brainwashed into the religious cult of Catholicism. There is no point engaging with the Marisa’s, far too mentally unstable for this conversation.

  2. Why not? all those people vote and Turnbull supports gay marriage, there are calls now for him to change the marriage act, Howard changed it in his time so that gay marriage would not be legal. Turnbull could reverse it

    • Gay marriage will undermine everything – my rights to teach my own children at home and school that marriage is between a man and woman, as God intended from the beginning of time will b taken away from me. It will affect the children of those ‘marriages’ adversely – we will have another stolen generation on our hands and the blessing of God on this nation will lift! No-one of course will put 2 and 2 together because there is a spirit of stupid on many people – spiritually blind and morally bankrupt. I have the most powerful contact there is and can tell you – there will never b SSM in our nation. It cannot possibly happen!

    • You might be right Chris Hanley, especially whilst there are narrow minded idiots like you in the world. Where does it say love/marriage is only between man and woman? I only hope none of your children grow up as a gay person and have you as a mother. But then your probably one of those arsehole moron parents who “disown” their own children because of their sexual preferences. Get a life chris. You probably have gay tendacies but are just too afraid to admit.

    • Chris Hanley, if you are Christian how come you don’t show some compassion for others, and your rights come first, do they?

    • Chris what is wrong with two people wanting to commit to each other no matter what their sexual preference. What right have you to deprive anyone of that right? What right have you to appoint yourself as judge of other people’s moral values.

    • Boy I’d love to get some of whatever Chris is on. Marriage is gift from God? Says who? Another stolen generation? Only a complete twat would make a baseless statement like that.The blessing of God will be lifted from Australia? Would anybody notice you plonker. What this country needs is intelligent, informed debate on marriage equality not the misguided ramblings of right wing Christians with their narrow minded ignorance.

  3. Why doesn’t he think about helping the poor farmers out there ?

    • If the old Country Party had stayed free – they’d probably have balance of power now and be able to help farmers & graziers. I cannot understand why they hooked up with wealthy Liberals.

  4. No One will die if he goes , I don’t think this is a big issue, so what even the Police and the Defence Force attend now and participate

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