What really gets me about this marriage equality farce is the brazenness of the deceit. Malcolm Turnbull stands there telling open-faced lie after lie about his government’s policy, knowing that we all know he’s lying. Not a single person believes for a second that a plebiscite was ever anything but a delaying tactic pulled from Tony Abbott’s homophobic arse. Nobody thinks the postal vote has the slightest credibility or value. I am a “strong leader”, Turnbull has the gall to say with a straight face.

The price of this arrogant conceit is to be paid in dollars, delay and indignity. The plebiscite failed the Senate, again. And now we move to the next phase of Malcolm’s Ingenious Equality Prevention Plan: the postal vote.