Although Andrew Street1 thinks the ‘idea’ of the postal plebiscite on same sex marriage is designed to: 1. Skew the result in the direction the religious right wing nut jobs (RRWNJs) want (i.e. to reject it), by appealing most to older people; 2. Allow Australia Post to be blamed if the result goes against what the RRWNJs want, even to the extent of screaming fraud; 3. Make it voluntary and bothersome to complete; 4. Make it easy to dispute the result; I think it is more than that.
It is hard to imagine the mentality of the shifty little RRWNJ whose thought bubble this was, but I don’t think it has anything to do with getting same sex marriage done and dusted. The RRWNJs are against that no matter what, and they will use any tactic to confuse and delay the issue. After all, that is what Abbott’s plebiscite was all about in the first place2. The added bonus for the RRWNJs is that it makes it clear that they still have Turnbull in a squirrel grip, which he seemed to momentarily loosen when he pranced about Tumut 3 pretending he was a Nation-building Prime Minister while announcing the possibility of having a feasibility study into whether it was reasonable to have an increase in the power generation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme and whether it was possible to have pumped hydro storage as well3.
The RRWNJs were aghast that Turnbull would have the audacity to do something non-coal like Snowy 2.0, so they needed to give him a good kicking by way of making him look ridiculous. A postal plebiscite will certainly do that. It is also a way to make it clear that the squirrel grip is back on.