Via Australia’s ABC affiliate:
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned Asian countries could see Australia as “decadent” if moves to legalise same-sex marriage are successful. Mr Joyce was asked about comments last week by another frontbencher opposed to gay marriage, Eric Abetz, who is the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Abetz suggested that if Asian countries did not accept same-sex marriage then Australia should not either, pointing to the often-repeated phrase that for Australia this was the Asian century. “Eric is right in saying where we live economically is south east Asia, that’s where our cattle go,” Mr Joyce told the ABC’s Insiders program. “When we go there, there are judgments whether you like it or not that are made about us. They see us as decadent.”
Australia’s Parliament will consider a marriage bill when it resumes next month.