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

President Michael D Higgins is escorted by Labour MP Kate Doust into Parliament House in Perth, Western Australia, Australia today. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/EPA

President Michael D Higgins urged Australians to engage in “fair and even” debate on their same-sex marriage vote, noting Ireland “gained enormously” from a civil debate before the vote in 2015.

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.

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