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Marriage equality advocates call on PM to rule out postal plebiscite




Marriage equality advocates are encouraging people to write to the Prime Minister and their local MP to argue against the proposal to hold a postal plebiscite on the issue. The idea for a non-compulsory mail based plebiscite has been put forward by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. National spokesperson for Parents and Fiends of Lesbians and […]

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Rodney Croome: Postal plebiscite is “inherently rigged”

Rodney Croome: Postal plebiscite is “inherently rigged”




just.equal spokesperson and veteran marriage equality advocate Rodney Croome has condemned the government’s proposed postal plebiscite plan for marriage equality as “inherently rigged.” Writing for Samesame.com.au, Croome says the non-compulsory plebiscite lacks parliamentary oversight. “There will be no parliamentary oversight of the question, the campaigns for and against the proposition, or the voting procedure,” he […]

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Sinodinos hopeful marriage equality can be settled

Sinodinos hopeful marriage equality can be settled




Arthur Sinodinos, the Minister for Industry, Science and Innovation, says he is hopefully that the issue of marriage equality can be “settled” during the current term of government. Speaking to the National Press Club earlier today, the Liberal MP said while the government currently remains committed to holding a plebiscite, he would like to see […]

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Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t ruled out a postal plebiscite

Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t ruled out a postal plebiscite




Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has restated the government’s commitment to a plebiscite on marriage equality but wouldn’t be drawn on reports a postal plebiscite was under consideration. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday the Prime Minister said the coalition’s policy was clear. “We went to the election with a policy for a plebiscite which would give […]

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Queensland scraps gay panic defence

Queensland scraps gay panic defence




People accused of murder in Queensland will no longer be able to use the controversial ‘gay panic” defence. A bill to remove the partial defence from the state’s legal system was passed on Tuesday night. The defence option had previously allowed people to claim that they had committed a murder due to an unwanted sexual […]

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Postal vote plebiscite plan proposed

Postal vote plebiscite plan proposed




The Daily Telegraph¬†has revealed conservative coalition Ministers are planning on putting forward a new proposal for a plebiscite on marriage equality. Rather than an expensive trip to the ballot box, which would have cost up to $170 million dollars, the plebiscite would been conducted by a voluntary postal vote. The proposal would see all Australians […]

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Senator Janet Rice pulls out her knitting during question time

Senator Janet Rice pulls out her knitting during question time




The Greens Senator Janet Rice has asked the government about Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s comments suggesting that business leaders should stay out of the marriage equality debate and “stick to their knitting“. Senator Rice asked why the government was persisting with it’s failed plebiscite plan, before following up with a question about why the government […]

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Poll shows Coalition could lose votes over marriage equality delay

Poll shows Coalition could lose votes over marriage equality delay




A new ReachTEL poll has revealed almost 40% of voters in Coalition electorates are less likely to vote for the Liberal and National parties if they continue to block a vote on marriage equality. The poll commissioned by The Equality Campaign was conducted across 12 Liberal and National seats across rural, regional and metropolitan Australia. […]

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PFLAG call on LGBTI community and allies to lobby for free vote

PFLAG call on LGBTI community and allies to lobby for free vote




PFLAG, the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, are encouraging supporters of marriage equality to contact their local MP ahead of parliament resuming on Monday. The next week ¬†has been described as a critical week for marriage equality and supporters of the reform have been urged to take action through the new Speak Up […]

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Marriage debate splits government ministers

Marriage debate splits government ministers




The division within the ranks of the government over the issue of marriage equality is being laid out for all to see as government ministers take to the airwaves to share their differing views on how the issue of marriage equality should be addressed. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has backed business leaders who published an […]

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