JUST a few days ago Barnaby Joyce was elected by the people of New England to represent them in the parliament.
Then on Thursday, when the first opportunity arose for the reinstalled Deputy Prime Minister to put forward a vote since being eligibly elected, he abstained.
Mr Joyce was among nine politicians in the House of Representatives who decided not to participate in the historic vote on the Marriage Act.
Much has been made of the four MPs who cast their vote against the bill when it finally came time for the House to decide yesterday. Their lonely figures couldn’t be missed against the mass of 136 politicians.
These were politicians who were adamantly against the bill that would make same-sex marriage legal and allow for some protections to be claimed by religious institutions that didn’t agree with those unions.
There were others like them on the other side, who despite their...
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