Senator Cory Bernardi has warned against failing to heed former Prime Minister Howard's advice that the public should see proposed marriage legislation before they vote on the marriage survey.
Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi said the decision to relinquish control over the final shape of any bill was like giving a “blank cheque” to the parliament and fraught with danger.
"What we are being asked to do is to give a blank cheque of authority to the parliament which is a very dangerous circumstance," Senator Bernardi said. "While some advocates for homosexual marriage like Tim Wilson speak about the religious and speech protections, others like Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis say that’s got nothing to do with this debate. It has everything to do with the debate. If you don’t know what you’re actually voting for and the consequences of that decision, a rational and sensible person has to vote no."