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Same-sex marriage campaign's strange dynamics

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14.09.2017

The same-sex marriage campaign is a strange mixture. It contains many elements that look like a traditional Australian election campaign, including speeches by political leaders at rallies, challenging television advertisements, desperate fund-raising and celebrity endorsements. The media take sides through its reporting and editorials. But it is a campaign stuck in first gear and threatened by apathy.

The similarities extend to some familiar faces, including Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten on the yes side and Tony Abbott and John Howard for no. Most of the other prominent faces are not as well-known, including the leaders of the opposing pressure groups, the Australian Christian Lobby and Australian Marriage Equality, which have campaigned relentlessly on the issue for years.

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