Rod McGarvie says Labor held ‘hostage’ on same-sex marriage

A Queensland Family First candidate has accused the "far-Left inner-city ideologues" within Labor ranks of taking the party "hostage" over its decision to bind its caucus to supporting same-sex marriage from 2019.

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Former LNP candidate Rod McGarvie, whose run at the last federal election almost toppled Wayne Swan from his seat, announced his switch to a Family First Senate ticket earlier this month, citing split support for same-sex marriage within the federal LNP as one of the reasons for his move.

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He said Labor’s decision to scrap conscience votes on the issue come 2019 was “repressive” and “cruel”.


About Family First

The Family First Party is an economically and socially conservative political party in Australia. Although the party publicly denies that it is a “Christian party”, Family First has had links to conservative Christian religious groups, such as Australian Christian Churches (also known as the Assemblies of God in Australia), and many of its election candidates and members of parliament have had conservative Christian backgrounds.

It’s known that Australian Family First are not LGBT friendly.