Magda Szubanski absolutely schooled Team NO on Monday night’s Q&A.
With just two weeks remaining before the postal survey deadline, Q&A devoted the whole episode to the same-sex marriage debate.
Szubanski appeared on the show alongside host Tony Jones, and panellists Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies, Jesuit priest Frank Brennan and the Liberal Party’s Karina Okotel.
Szubanski rose to the occasion, calmly dismantling each NO argument and backing up her statements with things Team NO hates such as logic, empathy, research and reason.
Early on, Okotel suggested that traditional marriage can’t be changed without consequences.
"I respectfully disagree that marriage has been changing," Karina says, having apparently never studied history ever. #qanda
— Rick Morton (@SquigglyRick) October 23, 2017
“You’re sending a very clear message of equal but different,” Szubanksi replied. She then gave an example all Aussies should understand, asking the audience to imagine a separate version of the Brownlow Medal just for gay people.
Marriage equality is a straightforward issue of fairness and equality. Every Australian should be treated equally under the law #qanda
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) October 23, 2017
Yesterday we got to see a bunch of NO campaigners fall off their chairs which you’d think would be hard to top, but seeing Okotel getting tied up in her own weak argument was even better.
There is literally no argument the No campaign makes that when stripped down doesn't come back to "we just don't like gay people." #qanda
— Jill Stark (@jillastark) October 23, 2017
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion BUT they're not entitled to their own facts! #QandA
— Ian Thorpe (@IanThorpe) October 23, 2017
As Okotel is a lawyer, she managed to deflect, move goal posts and ultimately worm her way out, saying the debate around children was for “another night altogether.” This is despite the fact she has been harping on about children in the same-sex marriage debate for quite a while now.
Szubanski also had a go Brennan who said that she could not marry in the Catholic Church.
“I’m the one in my family when I buried my parents I organised every detail of the masses, I wrote the orders of service, I put the pall over my mother’s coffin,” she said. “Now I accept the Catholic Church will never marry me but you won’t even let me marry outside the Church.”
“Why is it your right to determine — fair enough, in your domain, you do what you like. We live in a live and let live society. I don’t want to tell anyone else what to do. Why should you have the right to tell me or any other person, straight or gay, what they do in the civil domain? “That’s not your domain.”
#qanda "The Church doesn't tell the country what to think" says ArchBishop Davies while donating $1m to do just that
— Allan Green (@Tank9999) October 23, 2017
Szubanski’s handling of the issue has been met with resounding support on Twitter.
— Julia Zemiro (@julia_zemiro) October 23, 2017
— Alex West (@akwest1) October 23, 2017
— Benjamin Law 🌈 (@mrbenjaminlaw) October 23, 2017
The deadline for the postal survey is November 7 and the Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the results on November 15.