Leading 'No' campaigner on the marriage law postal survey Senator Cory Bernardi has hailed the campaign an extraordinary success.
Almost 40% of Australians voted 'No' to the question 'Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?', a significant improvement on the 20-30% figures claimed for years in opinion polling.
“That is a fantastic start,” Senator Bernardi told about 700 delegates at the Australian Christian Lobby’s national conference in Sydney on Saturday. “You have established an amazing base, you have some wonderful leaders, you have some extraordinary technology and you have it all in the palm of your hands.”
Senator Bernardi attempted to further rally the troops, saying if only half the ‘no’ voters elected “decent Senate candidates” at the next election there would be up to a dozen politicians in the upper house to drive change.
“We can no longer be silent, we can no longer sit back and rely on prayer to change the course of earthly events,” he said.
Senator Bernardi also said in the video below that "We've often heard that phrase, 'the Lord works in mysterious ways' but the parliament only works in one way, and that is, you've got the numbers or you don't - and we don't have the numbers." He also warned that Yes-voting senators and members would legislate same sex marriage "for their own personal reasons, or they just want to get it off the agenda because they can't be bothered talking about it any more and they want to get re-elected, and others who flat-out hate tradition and conservatives."
In a Weekend Australian column titled 'Coalition must appeal to awakened conservatives', political editor Dennis Shanahan that the marriage survey vote "will trigger landscape-shifting change in conservative politics, accentuating the splintering now evident from Pauline Hanson's One Nation and Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives into a long-term schism similar to the permanent divisions of the left between Labor and the Greens."