US comedian John Oliver has taken aim at Australia’s “toxic” and “ultimately pointless” same-sex marriage postal survey in a viral segment of his talk show.
Oliver, who hosts Last Week Tonight on HBO, pointed out Australia’s two-thirds support for same-sex marriage and said the parliament could simply follow the polls and legislate for the reform.
“Instead they are inexplicably holding a non-legally binding voluntary postal vote at a public cost of $120 million,” Oliver said.
“Which is the weirdest waste of Australian money since every Baz Luhrmann movie ever made.”
He went on to describe the campaign as “truly toxic,” showing clips of Liberal MP Kevin Andrews comparing same-sex relationships to platonic friendships and the Tasmanian man who headbutted Tony Abbott.
The host also weighed in on the furore surrounding Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” at the NRL Grand Final and comments from a prominent “no” campaigner that same-sex marriage should instead be called “garriage”.
“Garriage? That is a stupid word. Except in the very rare case of a wedding between two men named Gary,” he said.
He finished the segment by saying he hoped same-sex marriage was legalised at the “earliest opportunity”.
“This has been a dispiriting, and ultimately pointless process,” he said.
Watch John Oliver’s take on the postal survey below: