Calls by the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, to cut off the people’s vote on marriage is a poor attempt to circumnavigate Australians from having a voice on the future of marriage, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

“It isn’t appropriate for Premier Andrews to attempt to silence the voice of everyday Australians on the definition of marriage,” Mr Flynn said.

“To suggest that supporters of ‘Man and Woman’ marriage are speaking hateful slurs, is a device used by Mr Andrews to silence the expression of a worldview of marriage that has been universally held by all major faith communities for centuries.

“A people’s vote gives everyone an equal voice on the formation of Australia’s fundamental building block.

“Neither the Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, nor everyday Australians should be bullied out of the marriage plebiscite.

“Mr Andrews appears to be frightened of how people may vote in the privacy of the ballot box and wants to control the outcome,” Mr Flynn said.

“By calling for a same-sex marriage bill to be rushed through the Federal Parliament in the next 100 days, Mr Andrews is effectively asking the Government to repeat the same mistake made by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who in 2013 failed to convince voters that a parliamentary vote was needed.

“Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, repeated the same mistake in the July 2 election, unsuccessfully putting this same policy to the Australian electorate.

“It appears that Premier Daniel Andrews has not learnt that this policy is unpopular with voters. We have just had a federal election which offered a significant policy difference on marriage, a people’s vote versus redefinition through legislation within 100 days. 

“It appears that Mr Andrews is advocating for a duly elected government to walk away from their election commitment, this is never a good idea.

“If Mr Andrews really believes the support for same-sex marriage is widely held in the community, he should not be frightened of the outcome of a people’s vote.”

Mr Andrews views also appear out of step with a Victorian survey of 3,000 people conducted last month for The Herald Sun which found just 36 percent believed same-sex marriage should be legalised.