POSTAL VOTE: Marriage Equality outside Parliament House in Canberra.
POSTAL VOTE: Marriage Equality outside Parliament House in Canberra. LUKAS COCH

Beware the slippery slope to dictatorship

DURING his address to the Garma Indigenous Summit, PM Malcolm Turnbull correctly declared that the Constitution did not belong to politicians, the Parliament or the courts.

He also correctly implied the Constitution can only be amended by conducting a constitutional referendum.

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia belongs to the people of Australia. It cannot be amended by acts of Parliament, the High Court, opinion polls, plebiscites or dubious postal polls.

Yet, this is what Mr Turnbull and Bill Shorten and others are trying to do.

In 1984. Justice Brennan of the High Court was of the opinion that: "The scope of the marriage power conferred by section 51 (xxi) of the Constitution is to be determined by reference to what falls within the conception of marriage in the Constitution, not by reference to what Parliament deems to be, or to be within, that conception."

In 1991, Justice Brennan defined marriage as: "The voluntary union for life of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others, and that definition has been followed in this country and by the court.

If the noisy proponents of this issue who are fond of citing opinion poll results are so confident, what would they have to fear from a constitutional referendum?

If we have these changes foisted on us by any other means, it would be appropriate to quote 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: "All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth".

What will be the next issue where politicians and others will want to ignore our precious Constitution? If they get away with it now, we will indeed be on a slippery slope leading to dictatorship.

GRAHAM WESSLING

Gatton



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