11-Year-Old Girl Isabella Mills Tells Prime Minister Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Is A Waste Of Money

29/01/2016 12:20 AM AEDT | Updated February 3, 2016 16:51

An 11-year-old girl has told the Prime Minister that the same-sex marriage plebiscite is a waste of Australian tax payers' time and money.

Reading the letter she penned to Malcolm Turnbull on The Project on Thursday night, Isabella Mills -- who has two gay parents -- said she "was struggling to see the point" in the plebiscite, set to be held in 2017.

"That 160 million dollars that you are willing to waste on a pointless plebiscite is totally unnecessary. I mean, the public has already expressed their views and made it quite clear that they want same-sex marriage for Australia," Mills said.

"I may not be the Prime Minister, but even I know that Australians could use that money elsewhere.

"If an 11-year-old girl can see that, why can’t you?

The 11-year-old told also the Prime Minister that he would lose support if the plebiscite went ahead, as the parliament have no legal obligation to honour the plebiscite's majority vote.

"All the homeless people you walk past on the streets treasure the few pennies they possess, while you are ready to throw millions of dollars right down the drain," said Mills.

"And you say you want to help our community. You might be fooling the rest of the country but you are not fooling me."

Also featured on The Project segment was Senator Corey Bernardi, who remained outspoken about his decision to vote against same-sex marriage, even if the Australian public's vote was overwhelmingly in support of marriage equality.

“No Australian government and no representative has ever been bound by a plebiscite,” he said.

“If you want to bind a government, you then should go through the process for a referendum. Which is where I have said in the past, if a majority of people in a majority of states vote in favour of enshrining something in our constitution, then of course parliament is bound by that.”

On Wednesday, Senator Eric Abetz also warned he may vote against the plebiscite which Senator Bernardi dubbed a "glorified opinion poll".

Here is Isabella Mills' letter in full:

Dear Mr Malcolm Turnbull,

My name is Isabella. I am an 11-year-old girl and I have gay parents (two Mums).

I am struggling to see a point in the plebiscite that you are holding in 2017. It is a complete waste of time, money, and will most certainly fracture some of the positive views that people have about you. That 160 million dollars that you are willing to waste on a pointless plebiscite is totally unnecessary. I mean, the public has already expressed their views and made it quite clear that they want same-sex marriage for Australia. I may not be the Prime Minister, but even I know that Australian could use that money elsewhere.

If an 11 year old girl can see that, why can’t you?

All the homeless people you walk past on the streets treasure the few pennies they possess while you are ready to throw millions of dollars right down the drain. And you say you want to help our community. You might be fooling the rest of the country but you are not fooling me.

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