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Dean Smith’s marriage bill introduced to the Senate

Dean Smith’s marriage bill introduced to the Senate

WA Senator Dean Smith’s bill to amend the Marriage Act has been introduced to the upper house this afternoon, following the victory of the ‘Yes’ vote in the postal survey. Senator Smith’s bill has been co-sponsored by eight senators from across the political spectrum, and both Labor and The Greens have thrown their support behind […]

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The Equality Campaign responds to postal survey ‘Yes’ win

The Equality Campaign responds to postal survey ‘Yes’ win

One of the major driving forces behind the ‘Yes’ campaign in Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality have responded to the successful ‘Yes’ outcome. The Equality Campaign have described the result as a “historic milestone for Australians and a victory for equality and fairness that sends a powerful message to Federal Parliament to legislate for […]

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Malcolm Turnbull says Paterson bill has “no prospect” of passing

Malcolm Turnbull says Paterson bill has “no prospect” of passing

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put his support behind Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill saying the conservative bill put forward by Victorian Senator James Paterson has no prospect of becoming law. On the eve of the marriage postal survey results being announced, the Prime Minister said MPs would be free to suggest amendments on any […]

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Law Council describes Paterson marriage bill as “extraordinary and perilous”

Law Council describes Paterson marriage bill as “extraordinary and perilous”

The Law Council of Australia has described the marriage bill proposed by Liberal Senator James Paterson as an “extraordinary and perilous” winding back of Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said while the Paterson Bill acknowledges concerns of those holding traditional views of marriage, it goes well beyond the issue […]

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If Australia says Yes on Wednesday, a bill will be introduced on Thursday

If Australia says Yes on Wednesday, a bill will be introduced on Thursday

Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has confirmed that if Australia delivers a ‘Yes’ response when the results of the marriage postal survey are announced on Wednesday, he won’t be wasting any time introducing his marriage bill to parliament. Senator Smith announced he intends to introduce his marriage bill on Thursday. Senator Smith announced his […]

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The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens have voiced their support for Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s private members bill that would bring in marriage equality in Australia. While the results of the government’s non-compulsory non-binding postal survey on the issue won’t be known until Wednesday morning, it is widely predicted that the ‘Yes’ campaign will be successful in showing that […]

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Matt Canavan accuses colleagues of “vaulting arrogance”

Matt Canavan accuses colleagues of “vaulting arrogance”

Resources Minister Matt Canavan has accused his colleagues of “vaulting arrogance” for trying to shut down an alternative conservative bill on marriage equality. Coalition MPs have begun fighting over which bill may be used to legislate for marriage equality should a ‘Yes’ result emerge from the postal survey. Labor have voiced their support for Senator […]

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Government MPs continue to argue about marriage legislation

The growing dispute between Liberal MP’s over what legislation might be introduced to amend the marriage laws continues to be played out in the Australian media. The Equality campaign is widely tipped to win the postal survey when the results are announced on Wednesday morning. Conservative MPs are now pushing for their version of a […]

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Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Seeing reports that some vocal opponents of Marriage Equality (including politicians, primarily those with a “religious” bent,) may well not accept a “YES” vote for marriage equality, I was reminded of a 2009 online opinion piece “An end to the right to discriminate” by Jim Wolfe, that I used when researching my submission to the […]

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Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Equality advocates have launched a campaign against any new legal discrimination against same-sex and other couples if the Marriage Act is amended to allow same-sex couples to marry. The campaign includes a webform to allow equality supporters to email MPs, a survey of the LGBTI community to determine its views on further discrimination in the […]

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