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Eric Abetz, Terri Butler & Benjamin Law on tonights ‘Q&A’

Eric Abetz, Terri Butler & Benjamin Law on tonights ‘Q&A’




Tonight’s episode of ABC’s Q&A, the final episode of the year, is set to feature a panel of guests – many of whom have been outspoken on the issue of marriage equality and LGBTIQ+ rights in Australia. Conservative Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz, Labor’s Equality spokesperson Terri Butler and out author Benjamin Law will all be seated on […]

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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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Prime Minister suggests plebiscite might be pushed back to 2017

Prime Minister suggests plebiscite might be pushed back to 2017




Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has suggested that the plebiscite on marriage will be pushed back to 2017. Appearing on the ABC’s ‘7:30’ the Prime Minister was asked by host Leigh Sales when he planned to introduce the legislation required for the plebiscite to be held. “We will bring that legislation forward in the course of […]

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Eric Abetz: it will be difficult to hold the plebiscite in 2016

Eric Abetz: it will be difficult to hold the plebiscite in 2016




Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has said it will be too difficulty for the government to hold the plebiscite on marriage equality before the end of the year. Speaking to ABC radio earlier today Senator Abetz said the plebiscite legislation would need to go through proper processes and it was unlikely that it would be completed […]

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PFLAG steps up campaign calling for the plebiscite to be axed

PFLAG steps up campaign calling for the plebiscite to be axed




The Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have stepped up their campaign against the marriage plebiscite by taking out an advertisement in The Australian. The group that represents the parents and families of LGBTIQ people said it’s time for the Prime Minister to stop sidestepping the issue of marriage equality. Recently the government […]

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Kevin Andrews prepared to contest Turnbull for Liberal leadership

Kevin Andrews prepared to contest Turnbull for Liberal leadership




Long-standing conservative Liberal MP Kevin Andrews has said he is prepared to submit a leadership challenge to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull under the right circumstances. The member for Menzies supported then Prime Minister Tony Abbott last year when Turnbull contested for the Liberal leadership, going head to head with Julie Bishop for the position of […]

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Government MPs attack Safe Schools review

Government MPs attack Safe Schools review




Conservative MPs in the federal government are reportedly not satisfied with the review into the Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program and are continuing to push for the program to be scrapped. Last night Emeritus Professor Bill Louden from the University of Western Australia presented the finding of his review into the program to a group […]

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Conservatives dismiss ‘true cost’ of plebiscite

Conservatives dismiss ‘true cost’ of plebiscite




Senator Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobby have dismissed new estimates from PricewaterhouseCoopers that the “true cost” of a marriage plebiscite would exceed $500 million. PwC have estimated that a plebiscite would cost $525 million, much higher than initial estimates of around $160 million. PwC’s costing included $281 million for time spent voting, $66 […]

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Nationals Senator will vote no on marriage equality despite plebiscite

Nationals Senator will vote no on marriage equality despite plebiscite




Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has joined her voice with Liberal Senators Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi, vowing to vote no on marriage equality legislation despite the outcome the proposed nation-wide plebiscite. Speaking with a colleague outside Parliament House, Senator McKenzie confirmed she would vote no on changes to the Marriage Act. Senator McKenzie asserted that it was […]

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Liberal MPs say they are not bound by marriage plebiscite

Liberal MPs say they are not bound by marriage plebiscite




Conservative members of the Liberal party have said they may not vote with the majority despite the public’s response to marriage equality through a nation-wide plebiscite. Senator Eric Abetz told media that he would reserve his judgement until after the results of the plebiscite had been determined, while Senator Cory Bernardi has said he would not […]

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