Half of the Members of the Australian Parliament (the bigots and the fence-sitters) are willing to spend around $160 million dollars to introduce a referendum to the voting public! This is a $160 million bill to ask Australians if they believe in marriage equality. It is never a good idea to let the majority of citizens vote on a fundamental equal rights issue.
If American Segregation Had Been Put to a Vote?!!?
Back in the 1950s/1960s, the Supreme Court could have made a dreadful decision. The court could have left it to each state to decide on the matter of segregation by public vote. Imagine, the results from the southern red-neck states. Today, Afro-Americans would still have segregated toilets, and seated separately from whites in cinemas and restaurants.
Using $160,000 Wisely
Divide this money into 8 portions (six states and 2 territories), that’s $20 million and use it for programs to stop homophobic bullying in schools or have the local parliaments decide to use it for local charities.