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Ex-High Court Justice says gay marriage plebiscite sets a bad precedent

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Former High Court judge Michael Kirby believes the proposed marriage equality plebiscite would set a ‘very bad’ precedent.

Mr Kirby said Parliament is the appropriate place to change law.

The former judge told Tom Elliott around Aboriginal land title, the White Australia Policy, and disability rights were all changed without a plebiscite. 

‘The real question is: why are gays being singled out?’ he said.

Mr Kirby also said the campaign could be harmful.

‘A plebiscite could do terrible damage to young people hearing that they’re an abomination,’ he said.

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