Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told ABC’s Lateline program that his party is considering spending a further $145m on a plebiscite to gather opinions on the wasteful nature of plebiscites.
“Well as you know Leigh, plebiscites are essentially just very costly, non-binding opinion polls, and our government is very concerned about spending millions on an exercise such as this,” Mr Turnbull said.
“So we need to run a new plebiscite to find out from Australians if we should continue to undertake these kinds of things in the future.”
When asked if conducting two plebiscites in a row was only adding to the wasteful nature of the problem, Mr Turnbull was quick to laugh off the suggestion.
“Heavens no Leigh, you see, we are running these plebiscites now so that we hopefully won’t need to run too many more in the future, think of this as future-proofing Australia from plebiscites,” Mr Turnbull argued.
“And if Australians are unhappy with our approach, well, then I’m happy to discuss that with them and hear their view – probably through some kind of plebiscite.”
The Liberal Party is canvassing the idea of a third plebiscite today to determine if a plebiscite on plebiscites is really needed.
More to come.
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