Australia has voted ‘No’. This divisive proposal from Mr Albanese has been politely but firmly rejected by an overwhelming majority of Australians, Queenslanders and the people of Groom.
Federal Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton said despite the division of the referendum he was hopeful Australia would move on and come together again.
“Having divided the nation it is now crucial that the Prime Minister works to bring the nation back together. I hope he can rise to that challenge.
I also hope we never again hear the sort of abusive and derogatory comments about our country being disguised as political discourse as we have heard from the likes of Ray Martin, Marcia Langton, Noel Pearson et al,” Mr Hamilton said.
“I love this country. I love our community and the people of Groom. I love our democracy, our equality and our freedom.
“I remain disappointed at this unnecessary and costly process and regret the impact it has had because of the divisive rhetoric.
This government must now focus on the issues impacting on all Australians – cost of living, rising mortgage costs, growing uncertainty, housing and infrastructure for our growing communities,” Mr Hamilton said.
The Parliament returns this week following the referendum.