PM accused of gloating over SSM
Yesterday's passing of the same sex marriage bill was a watershed moment for Australia and the PM was very quick to take credit for the new law.
“What a day. What a day. What a day in history. What a day for love,” said Mr Turnbull on The Project.
“What a day to put our arms around same-sex couples and say we love you, we respect you, you have all the rights that everyone else has had for so long — now we’re all at one.
“I am so proud this has occurred while I’m Prime Minister, while the Liberal and National parties are in government,” he said.
When 7.30 host Leigh Sales asked him that Labor also had a role in the passing, he quickly made it even more political.
"I mean, Labor certainly supported it, and that’s good. They had six years in office and did nothing about it. That’s not so good. And of course they did everything they could to stop every Australian from having their say,” said the PM.
“It will be forever to the credit of the Coalition that this momentous social change occurred with the overwhelming mandate of the Australian people, under a Coalition government,” said Mr Turnbull.
However, Magda Szubanski – widely seen as the face of same-sex marriage – accused the PM of gloating and taking credit for the passing of the bill, even though the way there was fraught with discrimination and pain for many of it's intended benficiaries.
Ms Szubanski said the survey may have saved his political skin, but it was “not a moment to stand in the parliament and gloat”.
“Having had so much feedback from people in terrible pain, to see the Prime Minister gloating and taking credit was a little bit hard to swallow,” she said.
“Every obstacle has been put in the way of this happening, and he has caved in to all of it … So I think he should check in a little bit with his demeanour with that stuff.”
Do you think the PM has a right to gloat?