Hills District MPs united to condemn the Labor Party over its decision to reverse its position on marriage.
Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, said this decision highlighted how Labor has become captive to the interests of special interests rather than its traditional membership.
“Long gone are the days when the Labor Party could properly be referred to as the Party of working class voters, especially those Irish Catholics who founded the Party,” Mr Elliott said.
“Instead, Labor is now run by small sectional groupings who have no interest in representing mainstream Australia but prefers to kow tow to the Greens.”
Member for Castle Hill, Dominic Perrottet, said the Coalition was committed to defending the sanctity of marriage.
“I strongly believe that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. The definition of marriage cannot be amended without weakening the vital influence which the family has on our society more particularly in the protection and support it provides in raising children,” Mr Perrottet said
“This is not a conscience issue as it concerns a core social institution. The Liberal Party and the Labor Party have historically treated the issue this way and that is the way it should be.”
Federal Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke, said he had no interest in regulating people’s private lives, but agreed with Mr Elliott and Mr Perrottet in protecting the sanctity of marriage.
“What people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms is their own business and we have no interest in interfering in that,” Mr Hawke said.
“However, marriage is clearly defined throughout all cultures as between a man and a woman and there is no reason to change that definition.”