A former advisor to the Australian government has referred to the Irish as “a people who can’t grow potatoes” when asked if Australia should follow Ireland’s historic vote for same-sex marriage.
Debating the issue live on television, Grahame Morris, a former advisor to the ruling Liberal party, said Ireland was the trigger behind the country’s Labour Party seeking to replace the words “man and woman” with the term “two people” to define who can be legally married in Australia.
“I love the Irish… but these are people who can’t grow potatoes,” he said while discussing the issue on Sky News.
Adding: “They’ve got a mutant lawn weed as their national symbol and they can’t verbalise the difference between tree and the number three. But, and then all of a sudden, Australia has to follow suit.”
Mr Morris did not clarify what he was referencing by his comments, but are likely a thin-veiled reference to the Great Famine in Ireland during 1845 to 1852.
Mr Morris went on to say that he felt opinion polls showing that most Australians supported same-sex marriage were wrong.
"I don’t think people are ready. You run around Queensland, the Bush, and most of Western Australia and you can see people aren’t ready."
“This vote is going to be divisive and I don’t think most of the parties in parliament are ready to change… It isn’t a life and death decision."
“The parliament isn’t ready... and you’ve got to put it off for another ten years.”
Australia is now the only English-speaking developed country to still ban same-sex marriage.