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Australia political advisor: We shouldn’t follow Ireland on gay marriage because ‘these are people who can’t grow potatoes’

Australia political advisor: We shouldn’t follow Ireland on gay marriage because ‘these are people who can’t grow potatoes’

A conservative Australian commentator has said his country should not follow the Irish and legalize gay marriage because ‘they are people who can’t grow potatoes.’

The ruling Liberal party has come under increasing pressure to catch-up with the rest of western world on this issue after Ireland passed a gay marriage referendum in May.

Grahame Morris, a former Liberal advisor, said both the country and parliament ‘aren’t ready’ to vote on gay marriage during a Sky News debate on Tuesday (2 June).

‘The trigger was a vote in Ireland,’ he said.

‘Now, I love the Irish… but these are people who can’t grow potatoes.

‘They’ve got a mutant lawn weed as their national symbol and they can’t verbalize the difference between tree and the number three. But, and then all of a sudden, Australia has to follow suit.’

Opposition leader Bill Shorten Monday introduced a third gay marriage bill, which is expected to go to a vote next year.

‘I have a feeling this could end up like that stupid referendum on a republic where the electorate wasn’t ready,’ Morris said.

‘The parliament wasn’t ready and you’ve got to put it off for another ten years. This is going to be divisive and I’m just not even sure the parliament is ready.’

Watch the full debate below: