LGBTIQ issues seem to occupy some weird mental territory for Scott Morrison, and have done ever since his side was trounced in the marriage equality plebiscite. It's a hang-up his government could do without.
In retrospect, that Morrison has some obsession with LGBTIQ issues emerged just days after he became prime minister, when, out of the blue, he used social media to share a false, transphobic Daily Telegraph story, adding "we do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids". That was shortly after he agreed with broadcaster Alan Jones that classroom references to bisexuality and lesbianism "made his skin curl" [sic]. Jones himself is a supporter of marriage equality, in contrast to Morrison, who strongly opposed it. Morrison had told a constituent: