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Wong and Bernardi face off on the meaning of marriage

Wong and Bernardi face off on the meaning of marriage




Labor’s senator Penny Wong and the Liberal’s senator Cory Bernardi have argued their opposing views on marriage at the National Press Club. In a respectful, but lively, debate both senators put forward their reasoning for supporting their view of what marriage should be, before taking questions from journalists from newspapers and magazines from around the […]

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Abbott considering plebiscite on marriage equality

Abbott considering plebiscite on marriage equality



It has been reported that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been exploring the idea of a plebiscite on marriage equality. A plebiscite would require a national vote on the issue, further delaying action on marriage equality – possibly until after the next election. This would mean dismissing the cross-party bill proposed by members of all […]

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Labor Leader Bill Shorten Warns Against Binding Vote




Labor Leader Bill Shorten  has warned his colleagues against calling for binding vote on marriage equality ahead of the party’s conference this weekend. Mr Shorten has argued that if Labor MPs are bound by party policy it will reduce the chances of Prime Minister Tony Abbott allowing coalition MPs to have a free vote on […]

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Amanda Vanstone argues for Liberal conscience vote




Former Liberal Senator and MP Amanda Vanstone has argued in favour of a conscience vote on changes to the Marriage Act in an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald today. Vanstone argues that preventing a free conscience vote in the Liberal party room is contra to party’s values. “The Liberal Party, however, prides itself […]

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Senator Sidodinos ‘open’ to marriage equality legislation




Liberal senator Arthur Sidodinos has told SKY News that he is open to same sex marriage provided that exemptions for religious institutions are provided. Senator Sidodinos said he has seen the draft bill put forward by Coalition MP Warren Enstch and Labor’s Terri Butler, but he’d like to examine the final legislation to ensure all […]

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Barnaby Joyce: Everybody doesn’t get everything they want.

Barnaby Joyce: Everybody doesn’t get everything they want.



Barnaby Joyce, the Minister for Agriculture has delivered a stinging message to marriage equality advocates: “Everybody doesn’t get everything they want.” Appearing on the ABCTV program ‘Insiders’ earlier this morning said that marriage equality would be like; “making a diamond a square”. Mr Joyce backed up Senator Eric Abetz’s comments earlier this week. Senator Abetz […]

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Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon announces support for marriage equality




Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon has announced that he will vote in favour of marriage equality when a bill makes it to the the floor of parliament. The member for Hunter had previously voted against marriage equality becasue he felt his ellectorate was not yet ready, but the former Agriculture and Defence Minister is now a marriage […]

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Penny Wong says the Prime Minister is a road block to marriage equality




Labor senator Penny Wong has described the Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the ‘biggest roadblock’ in the way of marriage equality. Speaking to reporters in Sydney Senator Wong said she wished the debate around allowing same sex couples to wed would not focus on polygamy. “I wish the standard of this debate would perhaps be […]

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Pyne describes Abetz’s statement as ‘not helpful’

Pyne describes Abetz’s statement as ‘not helpful’



Education Minister Christopher Pyne has described colleague Eric Abetz’s call for multiple Ministers to resign over their marriage equality beliefs as “not helpful”. Yesterday Senator Abetz made numerous radio and television appearances arguing against same sex marriage for a variety of reasons. Speaking to SBS radio Mr Abetz said members of the government’s front bench […]

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John Howard defends marriage exclusion legacy

John Howard defends marriage exclusion legacy



Former Prime Minister John Howard has told SKY NEWS that decision about marriage should be made by politicians not judges. Mr Howard said changes to the Marriage Act made while he was Prime Minister were made to stop the courts from making alterations to the definition of marriage. Mr Howard would not be drawn on […]

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