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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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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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Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Liberal Senator James Paterson has announced he has developed his own marriage bill, which has more emphasis on religious protections than the bill put forward by colleague Senator Dean Smith. Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he’d developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and […]

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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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Julie Bishop reveals she voted ‘Yes’ in the postal survey

Julie Bishop reveals she voted ‘Yes’ in the postal survey

Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has revealed that she voted ‘Yes’ in the marriage postal survey. The member for Curtin told reporters that everyone had the right to “be with the person they love”. Bishop has previously only given vague responses to her position on marriage equality. Back in 2015 she told The Project that she […]

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Julie Bishop: It’s too early to say what the marriage legislation will look like

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop says she believes the ‘Yes’ campaign will win the marriage postal survey, but comments that it’s too soon to know what the final legislation will be. The Western Australian MP is serving as the Acting Prime Minister for the first time after Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and Deputy Nationals leader […]

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Perth school girl turns down award from Ian Goodenough

Perth school girl turns down award from Ian Goodenough

A Perth school girl has turned down an award, because it’s named after Liberal MP and anti-marriage equality campaigner Ian Goodenough. Teenager Grace Gouldstone was awarded the  ‘Ian Goodenough award for positive attitude and contribution to the school’ trophy at Duncraig Senior High School last week, but today she’ll return it to the school because of […]

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Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is adamant that the defence force should change its policy which allows gender reassignment surgery for transgender service personnel. The conservative MP disagrees with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan who have defended the funding. The member for Canning has stepped up his campaign for […]

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ABC’s ‘Q&A’ program to focus on the marriage debate

ABC’s ‘Q&A’ program to focus on the marriage debate

The ABC’s current affairs discussion program Q&A will have a focus this week on the marriage equality debate. Appearing on the program will be actress Magda Szubanski, Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies, Liberal Party Vice President Karina Okotel and Frank Brennan, who is a Jesuit Priest and Law Professor. Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies made headlines […]

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Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says he has reassured Western Australian politician Andrew Hastie that Australia’s military is focused on the defence of the nation, and allowing transgender personnel to undertake gender reassignment surgery is not reducing their effectiveness. Hastie has spoken out about the defence force’s policy over the last week, arguing […]

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