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McGorry warns of gay plebiscite harm risk

AAP logoAAP 3/10/2016

Former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry wants a national vote on same-sex marriage to be dumped, warning of the harm it could do to gay and lesbian Australians.

Ahead of a meeting with Labor leader Bill Shorten over the proposed plebiscite on Tuesday, the mental health advocate has told Fairfax Media many people are already vulnerable and "there's definitely risk involved".

Peak body Mental Health Australia also wants parliament to hold a free vote on marriage equality instead.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

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