McMillan’s Russell Broadbent was one of only two MPs from electorates which voted yes in the same sex marriage survey to stand against change last week.
On Thursday the Australian parliament passed an amendment to the marriage act to allow same sex marriage. Only four members of the House of Representatives voted no.
Here’s a list of the those MPs, along with their electorate’s results in the survey.
Russell Broadbent – MP for McMillan
Yes: 62.7 per cent
No: 37.3 per cent
Bob Katter – MP for Kennedy
Katter’s Australian Party, Queensland
Yes: 46.7 per cent
No: 53.3 per cent
David Littleproud – MP for Maranoa
Yes: 43.9 per cent
No: 56.1 per cent
Keith Pitt – MP for Hinkler
Yes: 50.7 per cent
No: 49.3 per cent
Vocal “no” campaigners Tony Abbott and George Christensen were reportedly among a large number of MPs who chose to abstain from the vote rather than acting against their electorate’s survey results.
Mr Broadbent had previously said he would ignore his electorate’s survey result, but it was unclear if he would abstain or vote no.
“I’m not unsure of how I will vote,” Mr Broadbent told ABC Gippsland’s Jonathon Kendall last month.
“I’ll either abstain or vote no, but it’s likely I’ll abstain.
“I will not be obstructionist, I understand and respect the will of the Australian people as voiced through this survey, but at the same time I have a long-held standing position on this.
“I expect the parliament… will respect the Australian vote, and it’s likely the representatives will probably vote 60/40 or 70/30 for the legislation.”
The percentage of MPs voting no ended up much smaller than Mr Broadbent predicted.
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