FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd
FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd The Observer

O'Dowd at odds on plebiscite survey

FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd said he believed Flynn would oppose the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

"I did a survey of Flynn about 15 months ago, it came out that Flynn were four to one in not changing the Marriage Act,” Mr O'Dowd said.

"But now, through Tony and Malcolm we came up with the plebiscite.

"It was an election promise and I feel we must go ahead with that election promise and have the plebiscite on February 11.”

His views are at odds with recent finding by the University of Melbourne that said the electorate would support the plebiscite.

The University of Melbourne study of ABC Vote Compass results revealed only one electorate in Australia had a majority of voters opposed to gay marriage.

About 50% of voters in the neighbouring Maranoa electorate did not want same-sex couples to tie the knot.

While the study showed a majority of voters in Flynn, which includes the North Burnett, would support the plebiscite, it was in the top 10 electorates most opposed to same-sex marriage.

Mr O'Dowd said if Australia voted yes on the plebiscite, he would support the decision.

"Once the nation has voted I don't see any need for me to go against it,” he said.

- With ARM Newsdesk


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