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Dean Smith describes the postal plebiscite idea as “junk mail”

Dean Smith describes the postal plebiscite idea as “junk mail”




Western Australian senator Dean Smith has labeled the idea to hold a postal plebiscite as ‘junk mail”. The senator has previously spoken out against the plebiscite policy and called for a free vote in parliament. Speaking to The Australian Senator Smith dismissed the idea of a postal version of a plebiscite. “The postal plebiscite idea is […]

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Barnaby Joyce says nobody will be happy with a postal plebiscite




Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has refused to comment on the possibility of a free vote on marriage equality, but says a postal plebiscite is something that would leave both sides of debate dissatisfied with the outcome. Appearing on SKY News’ Karvelas program the Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader was asked about the idea to […]

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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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Matt Canavan says it important to respect supporters of traditional marriage

Matt Canavan says it important to respect supporters of traditional marriage




Liberal senator Matt Canavan has described reports of a push from moderate members of his party suggesting that it would be in the government’s interest to address marriage equality before the May budget as “unusual”. Senator Canavan says it is important to show respect to people who support traditional marriage as this group includes most […]

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Barnaby Joyce tells front bench to stop talking about gay marriage

Barnaby Joyce tells front bench to stop talking about gay marriage




Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has reportedly ordered front bench colleagues to stop talking about marriage equality describing it as an “Oxford Street issue”. The Australian has reported that Joyce blasted his colleagues for responding to “fringe issues” listing marriage equality as something they should stop talking about in interviews. The Nationals leader reportedly met […]

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Senior Liberals slam Cory Bernardi’s “betrayal”

Senior Liberals slam Cory Bernardi’s “betrayal”




Senior Liberals have criticised Senator Cory Bernardi over his decision to set up his own party labeling it a betrayal of voters. This morning the South Australian senator informed the Prime Minister he would be quitting the government and moving to the cross benches so he could set up his own party. He is expected […]

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Barnaby Joyce “can’t really explain” Safe Schools program

Barnaby Joyce “can’t really explain” Safe Schools program




Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said he struggles to explain the Safe Schools anti-bullying program to colleagues in a radio interview this morning. The Nationals’ party leader told ABC Radio this morning that while regular voters are not discussing marriage equality or the Safe Schools program with him, Safe Schools was often raised as a […]

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Is it right to un-invite Malcolm Turnbull from Mardi Gras?

Is it right to un-invite Malcolm Turnbull from Mardi Gras?




OPINION Yesterday’s Annual General Meeting of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras saw a motion put forward to officially un-invite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from next year’s celebrations. Malcolm Turnbull made history in 2016 when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to attend Mardi Gras. Turnbull posed for selfie’s with spectators and participants and […]

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Australian Psychological Society opposes marriage plebiscite

Australian Psychological Society opposes marriage plebiscite




  The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the latest professional organisation to voice concern about the Turnbull government’s plan to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality. In a statement releaed today the APS said it fully supports marriage equality, but believes the process for achieving equality should not be by means of a popular vote. […]

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Barnaby Joyce: Nobody has really been insulted by marriage debate

Barnaby Joyce: Nobody has really been insulted by marriage debate




Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has dismissed concerns about the mental health of the LGBTI community in relation to the government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. Speaking to ABC radio this morning Joyce said nobody had been insulted by the debate over marriage equality. “The idea that this will cause a huge ardent debate – […]

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