WATCH: Anti-Marriage Equality MP Confronted By Her Own Gay Brother On Q&A

Q&A is generally not the staging ground for family drama, though it occasionally rears its head. On last night’s episode, Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie  – who opposes marriage equality – faced down a video question from her gay brother Alastair. Drama! Drama!

“What impact do you think the debate will have on the emotional wellbeing of gay and lesbians like me?” asked Alastair McKenzie, resulting in his sister giving one of the truly greatest stunned mullet expressions imaginable. She didn’t betray whether she knew she was going to cop this question, but either way she clearly didn’t want to.

“I think it will only be damaging if all of us as Australians choose to actually not respect each other’s views in this particular debate,” she said, toeing the Coalition‘s line that the plebiscite is necessary to give every Australian a say in the issue.
She darted around specifically answering whether she will respect a Yes vote. “What I think is that there is tension for some MPs, like myself, on both sides of the aisle between our desire to respect the sovereign will of the Australian people, and our conscience in a representative democracy.”

Which, tbh, doesn’t sound very promising. Sounds a lot like a no, actually. She further clarified, though. “I’m recognising the tension and one way to address it is by having a binding plebiscite.” 

So, ultimately, she will vote in favour of same-sex marriage if the plebiscite is binding and she is therefore forced to. Which must be a great comfort to her brother.
Source: Q&A.
Photo: Q&A.