With Brexit and Trump underscoring the disconnect between politicians and people, calls today for Malcolm Turnbull to break his election vow on marriage showed nothing had been learned by some Australian elites.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said a handful of Liberal backbenchers and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were manoeuvring to further deny a peoples’ vote on redefining marriage.

“Whatever peoples’ views are on redefining marriage, everyone agrees that politicians should keep their promises,” Mr Shelton said.

“The Coalition Government made a promise to the people: you would have a say on whether or not to redefine marriage.  It is that simple. 

“Politicians continue to damage their standing in the eyes of the public and then wonder why people are attracted to anti-establishment movements,” Mr Shelton said.

“The ACL and millions of Australians call on the Government to once more affirm their commitment to a peoples’ vote.”

Mr Shelton said redefining marriage in law had such big consequences for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, what children are taught in schools about gender and the rights of children to know their biological parents that a peoples’ vote was necessary.

“This is not a small change. All Australians should be given a say.”