In the wake of Ireland’s historic same sex marriage decision, many Australians are calling for a referendum on the issue to be held here.
Senator Lambie told Sky News Agenda this afternoon that it should be the people of Australia who make the final call on legalising same sex marriage.
“Look, I believe in giving the power back to the people on this.
“It’s about time that that the people had the vote.
“It shouldn’t come down to our conscience, it should come down to every Australian’s conscience and how they want to vote,” Senator Lambie said.
Ms Lambie is not a supporter of gay marriage, and hopes that Australia’s conservative elderly population would tip the scales in favour of a conservative outcome were a referendum to occur.
“We have an elderly population here in Australia, and I tell you what my money would be on, I don’t think you’re going to get the same result that just happened in Ireland.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think you’ll have the numbers,” she said.
“Let’s do the referendum and see what the answers are.”
Mamamia previously wrote:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out a referendum on same sex marriage in Australia as an option, saying the decision is a matter for Federal parliament.
According to Prime Minister Abbott, a referendum can only be held in Australia when there was a proposal to change the constitution.