Exerpt from an article Frank Bongiorno
On marriage equality, people who call themselves leaders have trailed behind public opinion rather than doing anything to influence it.
It is dangerous for democracies when they lapse into this pattern. Citizens come to believe that what is best about their country exists despite rather than because of their political system.
This attitude, even when it is unjustified, produces national stroppiness and erodes trust and confidence.
In short, it helps generate the kind of disaffection that surveys tell us is now increasingly characteristic of Australian democracy.