Tony Abbott Floats Plebiscite On The 21st Century After Next Election

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Tony Abbott's promise to change his leadership style has unnerved comics" ‘For many, many centuries, there has been a settled position on it not being the 21st century.’

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that, after the next federal election, the Coalition may be willing to consider a plebiscite on whether or not to accept the 21st century. The comment came after a six-hour-long Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday that ruled out allowing a “conscience vote” among members of the governing parties on the question.

“Obviously, for many, many centuries, there has been a settled position on it not being the 21st century,” the Prime Minister told a press conference. “Indeed, from time immemorial, no one has ever suggested it was the 21st century until a new and vocal social movement arose very recently, in the past 15 years or so, to say it was.”

Mr Abbott said debate over whether it was the 21st century was “intensely personal”, but…

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