President urges Australians to engage in ‘fair’ debate on gay marriage vote
Higgins concerned social media does not offer same accountability as traditional media
President Michael D Higgins is escorted by Labour MP Kate Doust into Parliament House in Perth, Western Australia, Australia today. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/EPA
Speaking in Perth, Mr Higgins said that what was important from the Irish experience in the lead-up to the referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May 2015 was the quality of the discourse.