It's not that the people of Farrer don't have views on it but that the topic of same-sex marriage doesn't rate as highly as others, according to Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.RHIANNON HORRELL January 15, 2014 4:20am
Current member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.Cobram Courier on 28/08/2013 CAPTION: Current member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.Riverine Herald on 9/09/2013 CAPTION: Sussan Ley.Cobram Courier on 11/09/2013 CAPTION: Current member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.Cobram Courier on 28/08/2013 CAPTION: Current member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.Riverine Herald on 9/09/2013 CAPTION: Sussan Ley.
The topic of same-sex marriage just ‘‘doesn’t rate’’ in terms of interest with people in the electorate of Farrer, according to federal member Sussan Ley.
The Riv put some follow-up questions to Ms Ley about how she was canvassing her electorate on the issue, following a page one story on December 24.
That story said Ms Ley was the target of a hit list of 50 MPs Marriage Equality Australia was targeting to change their minds about same-sex marriage.
Ms Ley said at the time that she would not vote to change the Marriage Act.
‘‘My views on same-sex marriage are heavily guided by my constituents,’’ she said.
‘‘There is absolutely no doubt that society’s stance on this issue has moved a long way during my lifetime but I do not believe voters in Farrer want to see the Marriage Act changed just yet.’’
This week Ms Ley has clarified her position.
‘‘As the local MP in this part of NSW it’s my job to tap into and canvass the mood of our electorate on many issues that could come up in the Parliament, including this one.
‘‘If I raise the topic with any of the wide range of people I happily get to meet in my role, on a scale of 1 to 10, it just doesn’t rate.’’
She said it ‘‘certainly doesn’t mean local people don’t have a view. It just means there’s probably broader social issues they want to see our Parliament deal with right now’’.
In December, the High Court overturned Australia’s same-sex marriage law.
It said the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961.
Ms Ley said this week that regardless of the hit-list issued by Marriage Equality Australia and its director, Rodney Croome, she did take note of the diverse and often strongly-held views elsewhere in the Australian community.
‘‘(I) follow that evolving conversation with great interest.’’
A post on the Riv’s Facebook page on Christmas Eve about the same-sex marriage topic and Ms Ley’s views attracted 126 comments across several days.
Shepparton Art Museum director Kirsten Paisley has resigned to take up a plum role at the as deputy director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Police are calling on the community for information in relation to two burglaries which occurred around 1am last Saturday.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
You would think a 20-goal hammering of Mathoura by Picola league leaders Strathmerton at the Bulldogs’ kennel would leave coach Mick McInnes frustrated in the extreme.
With the footballers dressed in their (mostly) pressed suits and the netballers in stunning gowns, the Elmore Football and Netball club looked set for a good time.
Friday night draw at Bluebrick
Nagambie Healthcare wants the wider community to use its gardens.
Finley School of Arts and Memorial Hall are deteriorating with white ants damaging the foundations.
Hundreds of district part-pensioners could lose out as a result of the Federal Government’s unfair pension cuts.
Kinder kids in Cobram learn about dental health.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The Victorian Winter Fair will be held in Bendigo on July 1 and 2.
Free legal services for people in Benalla are at risk with cuts to federal funding likely to have an impact on service provision, a legal service says.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.