Via the Associated Press:
Thousands of flowers have been placed in front of Parliament House from Australians who want to thank Tony Abbott for standing by traditional marriage. But the prime minister was unable to personally accept their thanks. The gesture was organised by the Christian Federation, which has called for a civil conversation on changing the Marriage Act. “There are millions of Aussies who very much feel in their heart the best way to raise children is with a traditional mum and dad,” executive director Peter Kentley told AAP. The way marriage is now is pretty good, the federation believes. “No one’s being discriminated against with civil unions and de factos,” Mr Kentley said. Family First senator Bob Day, who greeted the organisers, said it was refreshing to see an innovative and “nice gesture” instead of a gimmick. If there was a referendum over the issue he predicts the public would vote no.