what do you think their play is, really? i just dont get it.
They want to appear to be taking note of public opinion whilst following the dictates of their own '50s morality.
This is what happens when the upper echelon of your Party is occupied with old Churchy types, and your Constitution has no clause about separation of Church and State.
true, but like every other plausible guess this is flimsy at best! :)
because they arent fooling anyone with this shit. they are placating a minority of bigots and pandering to an even smaller minority of ultra conservative faithful — and everyone knows it.
an election isnt necessarily going to be won or lost over this issue, but they sure think its worth spending a paradoxically large amount of time and energy "proving" how much of a non-issue it is to a portion of the electorate whose significance is highly questionable — while validating its importance to the rest. that is, no matter the vote tally, they arent going to have their cake and eat it. if the yes vote is high, its instantly politically toxic since they are beholden to their own power brokers who would see the LNP be the party that institutes gay marriage over their dead bodies. if not, they have just burnt the very last of their delaying tactics in one giant homophobic house fire, when the genuine political will of the majority isnt going anywhere. so either way, theyve ensured the high risk of this being an election-losing manoeuvre. the cost to benefit ratio of this farce just doesnt tally!
Edited by @~thehung, 08 September 2017 - 08:19 PM.