ONE of Australia’s leading LGBTI advocacy groups has taken out a quarter-page ad in The Australian this week which criticised the Prime Minister’s lack of proper leadership around marriage equality.

The ad, paid for by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Australia, says the impending plebiscite on the matter “will be nasty and expensive”.

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 “The cost of a free vote will be minimal and any changes to the Marriage Act have always been Parliamentary process,” the ad reads.

“Is this only different because the government is afraid to show leadership?” (scroll down to read ad in full)

PFLAG Australia spokesperson Shelly Argent told The Star Observer they specifically chose the national broadsheet because they believe it is the “most conservative paper”.

“[It’s] not to stir the pot, but to let people know that there’s another perspective, they need to know we’re not going away,” she said.

“[We wanted to send a] clear, even-toned message. Nothing nasty or aggressive.”

Asked about the government’s recent attitude towards LGBTI rights, Argent said: “No, the thing is they’re not doing anything, every leader is in favour of marriage equality.

“A plebiscite, which we know is expensive, dangerous, unnecessary, [will cause] division, hate, suicide, depression.”

The full advertisement:

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