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Radio broadcaster Alan Jones says parliament could and should resolve the same-sex marriage issue in Australia.
Drew Sheldrick

8 Mar 2016 - 3:27 PM  UPDATED 8 Mar 2016 - 3:27 PM

Conservative broadcaster Alan Jones has told listeners of his 2GB radio program that he is "totally opposed" to a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

On the Alan Jones Breakfast Show Tuesday, Jones said he was concerned the campaign accompanying a plebiscite could bring more anguish to same sex-attracted people.

"On same-sex marriage I am totally opposed to a plebiscite... It could be angry and spiteful and divisive - the last thing we need," he said.

"Many Australians have suffered enough as a result of their sexuality. I've said many times, love is an elusive thing. If people find it, they should be able to celebrate it. If that celebration manifests itself in same-sex marriage then the world's not going to fall in."

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Jones said people are tired of the issue and that the parliament was in a position to resolve it now.

"The bill could be drafted tomorrow in five minutes, and the nation could get on with its life," he said.

"Now we're talking about a plebiscite. It'll cost us $160 million that we don't have and a divisive campaign.

"How much more anguish are we going to impose on people on an issue of intense privacy?"

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed Jones' opposition to the plebiscite and have called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to drop the policy.

"There is majority support for marriage equality in parliament so we could resolve this issue next week if the government simply allowed a free vote," Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said.

Jones' comments are similar to ones he made in May 2015 on the same program in reference to a Labor's proposed same-sex marriage bill at the time.

You can listen to his full comments today here (from 42.28).