Had you pointed a microphone at a drowning man you would not have got a more desperate interview performance than that given by Eric Abetz regarding same-sex marriage on AM this morning. Senator Erica had already contributed a mostly irrelevant piece on the subject to The Age this morning, in which he dilated on the US Supreme Court decision that struck down anti-equal marriage laws and amendments in all states, based on an interpretation of a constitution that does not apply to us. Having wasted that bit of real estate, Senator Erica doubled down on bad faith in the interview, pointing out that uh everyone had uh said uh at the time of the uh republican debate that there was a uh majority public opinion in uh favour of a uh -- I'll stop this now -- republic, and look what happened.