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Wall lays down a challenge to Aussie PM

Sat 1 Mar 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Louisa Wall is in Sydney at the moment New Zealand’s marriage equality trailblazer Louisa Wall is urging Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a free vote on the reform. Louisa Wall is in Sydney ahead of today’s Mardi Gras Parade. Some years after taking on Australia on the netball court and rugby field, she has joined forces with Australian Marriage Equality. They have launched a video where she tells Abbott "don't be afraid of democracy and don't be afraid of the people". The Rainbow Labour MP also directly addresses Australian Coalition MPs with the message that marriage quality is about democracy. "For those of you who believe in democracy, who want to engage your communities, I would encourage you to ask for a free vote." The marriage equality law passed in New Zealand in a free or conscience vote, which meant MPs were, for the most part, able to make up their own minds. Australia's Liberal/National Government is yet to allow a free vote, despite growing support in party ranks for the move.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 1st March 2014 - 9:33am

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