It’s not just the Liberal leader who has to look up to Cory Booker.
With his signature blue shirt, a pair of short hair and a signature blue cape, the New Jersey senator has the profile of the next Senator from New Jersey.
And he is.
His name is Cory Booker, and he’s the new Australian face of Australian politics.
“I’ve always felt that it’s about the next generation,” Booker said in an interview on the ABC’s The World This Weekend.
I think it’s really important that young people have the opportunity to be a part of the process, the debates, the government, the parliament and the people around the country and see the country as a whole.
Booker, who is a New Jersey native, has become a lightning rod for the political debate.
When it comes to the issue of gay marriage, Booker is seen as a staunch advocate for the state’s traditional marriage laws.
Queensland’s first gay marriage referendum was held in 2014.
In 2015, he proposed an amendment to the state constitution to allow gay couples to wed.
He also took to Twitter to defend his position on the controversial ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, which he said was needed to protect against child sexual abuse.
Last month, he spoke out against the Coalition’s decision to move forward with a ‘no’ vote on the so-called Northern Territory marriage equality bill.
After Booker’s controversial statement, a number of prominent conservatives and liberals, including former prime minister Julia Gillard, joined him in calling for a boycott of his 2020 re-election campaign.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi said Booker’s “brazen attempt to change the rules of the game and marginalise his party” showed his “lack of self-respect”.
Bookers stance is being met with criticism from many within the Liberal Party, including his own leader, Scott Morrison.
The NSW Liberal Party has not yet announced a decision on whether to run in the 2020 election, which is due to be held in late 2021.
‘It’s about changing the way we think’Booker has faced criticism from conservatives in the past.
Former prime minister and future prime minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC that Booker’s stance was “not something we need to be running around saying Cory Booker’s for”.
But Booker said his position was not just about changing “the way we are”.
“If I have to do something and it’s good for Australia, I’ll do it.
If I’m the only one doing it, then I’m not,” he said.
It is the same reason why I have always been open and honest, and it is because I’m a strong, strong progressive, he said, in a video message.
What’s Booker’s policy on gay marriage?
Booker’s proposed amendment would allow gay people to wed in NSW.
Senator Cory Booker said the proposed amendment to allow same-sex marriage in NSW was not an attempt to “change the way the country thinks”.
He told The World this Weekend that his position is not about changing Australian culture, but about “changing the way that we think”.
‘We’ve got to change our own minds’When asked whether he believed in equality, Booker said he does not believe “it’s about equality for one group of people to do what the rest of us are not allowed to do”.
“That’s the wrong way of thinking.
I believe we’ve got a responsibility to change, and that’s what I’m about to do,” Booker told The Weekend.
Booker said he had not spoken to President Trump and that “his views don’t fit into the Australian values” he believes in.
“He has shown his ignorance, his ignorance of the world and of what we stand for,” Booker added.
But he said the President is “a very good friend” and has expressed “some really great respect” for the Senate.
ABC political reporter and former Labor leader and Prime Minister Paul Keating said he thought Booker’s statement was a “dangerous political stunt”.
ABC politics reporter and current Labor leader Bob Carr told ABC Radio’s AM program that Booker “has not really answered the question about gay marriage”.
“I’m not sure if he has even thought about it,” Carr said.
“The idea of the President saying, ‘I have gay friends, I’m going to support you’, and you can’t just say that’s a political stunt.”
The New York Times, which covers Booker, reported that Booker has spoken out against a “no” vote on a bill that would allow same sex marriage in the Northern Territory.
There have also been calls to boycott Booker’s 2020 relection campaign, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“[Booker’s] position is clearly a radical departure from the Liberal party’s longstanding position,” The Telegraph said. “It is