THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
ABC NEWS WITH GREG JENNETT
WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017
SUBJECTS: Australians vote Yes to marriage equality
GREG JENNETT, PRESENTER: We’re joined now by Labor's Deputy Leader, Tanya Plibersek, who has been there for the function. Tanya Plibersek, this day greets you with a smile. It seems was the process worth it to get the result and to talk about this as you do from that rally this morning.
TANYA PLIBERSEK MP, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: I'm sorry Greg, it's very hard to hear you here. I'm assuming that you've asked me about the win today for the Yes campaign, and I can tell you it's just a fantastic feeling here in Prince Alfred Park. Not just because there's been a win for the Yes campaign but because of the size of the win. This sends an unequivocal message now, that Parliament should just get on and legislate for marriage equality. There's a consensus Bill being introduced into the Senate today and every Parliamentarian who supports marriage equality should get behind this Bill. If it passes through the Senate quickly it can go through the House of Representatives when we return, and we can have marriage equality by Christmas.
JENNETT: So those speakers really are blaring there Tanya Plibersek, I will hazard an attempt at a second question. If you can manage to hear me, just that process, was it worth it? Was it worth going through the process to get the result that you're talking about there today?
PLIBERSEK: No. Because this is the result that we always expected. Polling for years has shown that a majority of Australians support marriage equality. The Australian public have been way ahead of their politicians on this for years. It's also been very difficult to push this conflict into families. LGBTI Australians saying to their mums and dads, do you support my right to my relationship? And of course overwhelmingly hearing a ‘yes’ but to those who've heard a ‘no’ from family and friends, that has been devastating and we know that calls to crisis lines have increased very dramatically during this time. And Greg I mean just the money - I've got a homeless medical service in my electorate that closed this year after 40 years of operation because this Government couldn't find $800,000 a year, but they can find $122 million to allow them to avoid making a decision for a few more months. It hasn't been worth it but today's result is a fantastic result.
JENNETT: And David Kalisch, the Chief Statistician, has actually indicated he thinks there'll be some savings on that figure, it might come in under $100 million. But just with the process Tanya Plibersek that lies ahead, we'll just try one more question, you clearly expect that the Parliament will do its job and you will be no impediment to this, I presume, when Parliament resumes on the 27th of November?
PLIBERSEK: Well we know that there is a consensus Bill being introduced into the Senate. This Bill has already been through a Senate inquiry - Labor, Liberals, Nationals, Xenophon, Greens - all support the Bill that will be presented to the Senate today. That Bill can swiftly pass the Senate and it can be decided on in the last sitting week in November or the first sitting week in December when the House of Representatives returns. That's what should happen. All of the talk of an alternate Bill or dozens of amendments - this is from the people who have already wasted Australia's time and money trying to delay marriage equality. Australians having voted for marriage equality will not tolerate more time and more money being wasted by the opponents trying to delay the inevitable.
JENNETT: All right well it is a testing challenge to be interviewed from party central, Tanya Plibersek, with the speakers blaring there, so we might wrap it up and thank you at this point for your perseverance in that party atmosphere there.
PLIBERSEK: No worries. It's a great party to be part of Greg. Thank you.
JENNETT: Sure. Thank you Tanya Plibersek.