The Same Sex Marriage question could have been answered months ago, Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott should have announced a plebiscite on same-sex marriage at the next election when he first stepped into the role.
``By taking indecisive action and showing a lack of compassion for people on both sides of the debate, Mr Abbott has divided the nation.
``His first job as a Prime Minister is to unite the country,’’ Senator Lambie said.
Mr Abbott announced today same-sex marriage would not be dealt with this term and may go to a plebiscite after the election.
``He has already made life financially difficult for Aussie battlers with cuts to the pension, he plans on introducing $100,000 university degrees and still wants to make changes to Medicare – why add an unnecessarily expensive process?’’ Senator Lambie asked?
``Hold the plebiscite on Election Day as well as a referendum on Indigenous recognition, you kill two birds with one stone and it is cost effective for taxpayers.
``The people of Australia no longer trust political decisions are representative, so it’s time to give power back to the people.
``Without a majority vote, there will always be doubt in the minds of Australians and the issue will never be put to rest,’’ Senator Lambie said.
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