THE Turnbull Government has announced it has put $160 million aside for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in its 2016/17 Federal Budget.
It was announced in a statement by Attorney-General Senator George Brandis and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.
People took to social media to criticise the decision.
$160 mil for a plebiscite; $100 mil for domestic violence programs in the budget. Very cool and good.
— adam (@mostlyfilth) May 3, 2016
instead of 160 million for a plebiscite, why not just pass marriage equality & give that money to people who need it. bizarre idea i know
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) May 3, 2016
No money for health, universities, aged care but yep no worries m8 $160m for a marriage equality plebiscite
— Amy Coopes (@coopesdetat) May 3, 2016
Greens senator Richard Di Natale described the announcement as “another letdown from Malcolm Turnbull”.
“#Budget2016 locks in a divisive, unnecessary marriage equality plebiscite,” Senator Di Natale tweeted.