Alternatives to a stand-alone plebiscite were less costly. Sayers said a parliamentary vote was the best mechanism for change to minimise the cost to the economy and health and wellbeing of the community. A PwC partner, Suzi Russell-Gilford, said arguments opposing marriage equality in the media and community forums would have an impact on mood disorders and mental health of LGBTI people. Russell-Gilford told Guardian Australia the estimates of increased health costs were conservative.
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Matt Collins does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. If Australia holds a fairly conducted plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage after the next election, the result will almost certainly reflect what we already know from an unbroken line of reputable opinion polls. This is not a case, however, where the ends will justify the means. The debate will be divisive. He said :. It does not represent any approval or condonation of these activities.
Plebiscite on gay marriage would cost more than half a billion dollars: study
It is an issue that has divided the Coalition. After a marathon, seven-hour partyroom meeting in August last year, the Liberal and National parties voted to take the issue of legalising same-sex marriage to a national poll. Since then, it has become the proverbial political hot potato.
A stand-alone plebiscite on same-sex marriage could cost the Australian economy more than half a billion dollars, according to new research. PwC Australia chief executive Luke Sayers said the real cost of the plebiscite was three times what has been quoted by the Federal Government. The report by PwC, which was commissioned in-house, looked at three different scenarios for approaching the issue. One involved a stand-alone plebiscite, while another looked at holding the vote at the same time as the federal election.