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Labor and Liberals fail to find common ground on plebiscite

Labor and Liberals fail to find common ground on plebiscite




Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Assistant Shadow Minister for Equality Terri Butler have met with Attorney General George Brandis and Special Minister for State Scott Ryan to find out more about the government’s plebiscite plan. The government needs the Labor Party’s support to pass the legislation to run the plebiscite, without their support […]

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Brandis warns: plebiscite or no marriage equality this decade




Federal Attorney General George Brandis has warned there will be no marriage equality in Australia this decade unless Labor supports the government’s plebiscite plan. The dire prediction comes as the Attorney General prepares to meet with Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and equality spokesperson Terri Butler to discuss the details of the plebiscite. In […]

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Queensland MP restates his opposition to gay relationships




On Thursday night the Queensland parliament passed a new law that equalised the age of consent for anal intercourse. Previously the age of consent for men was higher that the age of consent for sexual relations between men and women. Queensland is the last state in Australia to bring in equal age of consent. The […]

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Prime Minister open to negotiation on plebiscite bill




Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged that the government may have to negotiate with other parties to pass the proposed plebiscite bill. Speaking with 3AW Radio, Mr Turnbull was questioned about the Coalition’s plan to proceed with plebiscite legislation and changes to superannuation. “We may have to negotiate on all of these matters,” the PM […]

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No marriage equality for “very long time” without plebiscite: PM




Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to reports that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten plans to recommend that the Labor Caucus vote against the proposed plebiscite legislation. Speaking to Australian Financial Review, Mr Turnbull says without the public vote there will be no other option for marriage equality in the near future. “If the Labor Party […]

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Anthony Albanese: Labor unlikely to support plebiscite

Anthony Albanese: Labor unlikely to support plebiscite




  The chance of the government’s plebiscite legislation progressing through the senate are looking slim. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said he’ll discuss the issue and the next Labor caucus meeting but Anthony Albanese has told Andrew Bolt he’s not heard anyone on the Labor side offering support. Last night Labor front-bencher Albanese appeared on […]

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Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young rules out plebiscite support

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young rules out plebiscite support




The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced she won’t be offering the government support on the plebiscite legislation. The South Australian senator had previously said she considered “nothing of the table” in relation to moving the marriage debate forward. The statement lead to speculation that the senator might cross the floor and offer support to […]

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Liberal senator Dean Smith describes the plebiscite as “an abhorrent idea”

Liberal senator Dean Smith describes the plebiscite as “an abhorrent idea”




Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has described the government’s plebiscite proposal as “an abhorrent idea” and vowed not to support it. Senator Smith has told Fairfax Media that he’d rather cross the floor or abstain on voting for the plebiscite when the legislation is presented to the senate. Smith said the decision to provide […]

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Cross-party bill for marriage equality introduced in Parliament




Adam Bandt of the Greens has introduced a bill to the House of Representatives today, with support from independent MPs. The Greens sole Lower House MP has sponsored a bill to legislate for same-sex marriage in Australia along with independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan. Opposition leader Bill Shorten has also tabled a bill with […]

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Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite

Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite




Western Australian senator Dean Smith has told ABC’s Radio National that he would not rule out crossing the floor to vote against the government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. It’s been more than a year since the government suggested a non-binding national vote would be the best way to resolve Australia’s long running debate over […]

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