The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull should dump his plan for a plebiscite on marriage equality, following new research that shows it will cost the economy more than half a billion dollars.
"Today's PwC report should really be the nail in the coffin of this plebiscite plan. How can a prime minister who promised to get our national economy back on track proceed with such a flagrant waste of tax payer money?" Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.
"The human cost of this plebiscite would also be enormous with the report showing the mental health of LGBTI Australians would also be adversely affected.
"Mr Turnbull should dump this costly and divisive plebiscite and provide his members with a free vote in the parliament."
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