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A West Betoota factory worker who depends upon weekend penalty rates to make ends meet has been left wondering when Canberra will start trying to win his vote.

Though he doesn’t want to undermine the importance of same-sex marriage getting through parliament, Glenn Munkey told The Advocate that it’s ‘kind of annoying’ that so much effort is being put into such an ‘insignificant’ and ‘irrelevant’ issue.

“Just legalise gay marriage and move on, there are more important things to fight over,” said the 29-year-old.

“Homosexuals make up less than two percent of the population. Wage earners make up nearly 80% of the country. Close to ten percent of that percentage are on the minimum wage,”

“I don’t want to belittle the struggle of gay Australians but Jesus Christ, can we just move on? Can somebody try and win my vote? I’m fucking broke as hell and neither Bill or Malcolm seem to give a shit. They’re both acting like they’re trying to win fucking New Farm or Darlinghurst over. Guess what fellas, they’re a world outside the inner city.”

The Advocate reached out to The Office of the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition for comment, but have yet to receive a reply.

Malcolm Turnbull’s secretary said he’d be too busy today with all the gay marriage business and Mr Shorten’s office explained that he’s in a meeting with the various trade unions for advice on where the unions stand on gay marriage, which will define his response.

More to come.


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