PM's previous history
Don't care what the PM's former background was. Both Turnbull and Abbott are Rhodes Scholars, but that didn't help them. Bob Hawke was also one so thats hardly a negative. Turnbull was a Banker and Rudd and Abbott basically a professional politician, but Howard was also the later and seemed to have done much better than either. Gillard was a lawyer, that didn't help her either. So there is certainly alot more than professional and education that goes into making a good PM.
On the power side.
To quote Abbott, "The number 1 rule in govt is to cause no harm where possible". So the Australian state and fed govts should be providing Australia with reliable and cost effective power to enable the country to remain a source of low cost power for energy intensive industries and its citizens which has been a key component of our growth fr last 50 years.
RE is all well an good, but regardless of what Australia does or does not do we will not save the planet as we produce less than 2%, however we cannot ignore the environment either. A number of our coal fired power plants are far from the most CO2 friendly even for coal fired power and could and should be replaced with state of the art modern plants that will continue to do what their predecessors did for last 40 years. I didn't shed a tear that Hazellwood in Vic and Northern in SA closed, rather that they were not replaced and you cannot do it with wind and solar, well not yet anyway. The time will come, but that's not next year or the next decade.
Vic needs a 4GW plant to replace the loss of Hazellwood and support SA and to a lessor degree NSW in hot weather. Potentially a 2nd 4GW plant needs to be built in northern NSW to offset the loss of predicted closures over next 5-10 years. RE has its place and will continue to grow as a % of the generated output, but this is a two generations project, not a decade as SA has clearly demonstrated.
Personally I don't understand the level of importance of same sex couples feeling the need to get married, but I'm not gay either. As for my own marriage it wasn't essential for us but my wife wanted it and I felt it would ultimately be appreciated by my future kids. My youngest (7) actually wants us to get married again so he can watch. We will probably do something for our 20 years in 2020.
I don't agree with the Pro No vote that Marriage is this holy scared cow. Its not, look at the divorce rate (~40%) and the realistic rate of those who step outside the martial home for something extra (likely +50%), does this define marriage? (Interesting data, a DNA survey in UK some years back showed 10% of kids call the wrong person Daddy and don't know it)
Marriage used to mean a transfer of ownership of the woman from the father to the husband, does this define marriage today, unlikely? Most people now seem to feel marriage defines the institution for which you have kids, but how many couples are getting married that already have kids or will never have kids? Today 25% of women will not have off-spring, plus all the later in life marriages usually the 2nd or 3rd marriage that will be childless. So others feel gay's shouldn't married because they cannot reproduce, but what about those who take on a gay relationship after having kids in a traditional relationship and hence raise their off-spring in a homosexual relationship.
Legally after I think 6mths of living together, we are considered defecto which is marriage without the certificate, regardless of your sex. Right now many Gay or Lesbian couples choose to a have a commitment ceremony with all the usual fanfare of a normally wedding, again marriage without the certificate. As Don said, weddings have changed dramatically, gone are the days of the usual prediction of church, white dress covering the (supposed to be) virgin, fancy dinner, dance and leave. I think every wedding I have been too since before mine was significantly different from tradition and the last wedding, but as a kid it was mostly same ol same ol. About the only thing mostly common any more is the bride usually wears a dress or sorts that is white, whether its a beach wedding (friends ~50yo) or in a church.
Ironically the Catholic and some other churches are the may fighter of same sex marriage, yet how many people get married there anymore or if they do, actually go back to service the following week?
As I said before, its a complicated and I believe personal subject and I don't think there is a easy Yes or No in this and I don't care what Germany etc has done. But I don't think a banker, lawyer or professional politician should be making the final say on who is legally married and who isn't, let the people decide and lets hear the end of it one way or another and let the pollies focus on keeping the lights on at an affordable price.