For the more modest aim of delivering steady, competent government – well, it's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull is raging.
It's the plebiscite Australia doesn't have to have. But if the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, how should it be designed?
Tiernan Brady was the political director of the 'yes' campaign during the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage. He is in Australia to help advise local advocates.
If they genuinely want to get same-sex marriage achieved, and as soon as possible, Labor and the Greens need to do some hard thinking.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Putting a human rights issue to a national vote is a crude means of legalising same-sex marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull says while the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was not his idea, Australians like it.
It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.