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Researcher disputes ACL claims about Irish marriage referendum

Researcher disputes ACL claims about Irish marriage referendum




An Australian LGBTI researcher has hit back at claims by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) that marriage equality public votes in Ireland and the US were “respectful” and “uneventful”. ACL chief Lyle Shelton, made the claims in an article published last week. In the article Shelton criticised Labor leader Bill Shorten for opposing the government plebiscite […]

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Pyne doesn’t think Libs will cross the floor over marriage

Pyne doesn’t think Libs will cross the floor over marriage




Liberal MP Christopher Pyne says he’s unaware of any Liberal MPs contemplating crossing the floor to bring on a vote on marriage equality in the parliament. Appearing on SKY News this morning Pyne faced a series of questions from political report Samantha Maiden over the long running marriage equality debate. Pyne, who is the manager […]

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Tim Wilson on marriage equality: The country wants us to move on

Tim Wilson on marriage equality: The country wants us to move on




Liberal MP Tim Wilson says the country is over the long running marriage equality debate and wants the government to move on. Appearing on SKY News The Morning Shift Wilson said the decade long debate had faced many twists and turns but it was time for the government to allow a free vote and get […]

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New poll shows growing support for the plebiscite- but it’s still a bad idea

New poll shows growing support for the plebiscite- but it’s still a bad idea




OPINION A new poll published in today’s The Australian shows that a growing number of Australians want a plebiscite on the issue of marriage equality. In what the newspaper describes as “a blow” to Liberal MPs who want the issue to be dealt with via the parliament, the latest poll shows that 46% of people surveyed […]

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Rodney Croome: Marriage equality is closer than ever in Australia

Rodney Croome: Marriage equality is closer than ever in Australia




Veteran marriage equality advocate Rodney Croome has said he believes marriage equality is coming to Australia soon, following news of Liberal Senator Dean Smith working on a private members bill. Speaking on ABC Radio, Mr Croome said he was confident Senator Smith’s bill would succeed, despite the government’s unwavering plebiscite policy. “I’m more confident now […]

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Eric Abetz condemns Pyne for undermining plebiscite policy

Eric Abetz condemns Pyne for undermining plebiscite policy




Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has spoken out against comments made by fellow Liberal Christopher Pyne suggesting marriage equality may come sooner than expected. The long-time opponent of marriage equality has told the ABC he found Mr Pyne’s comments to be divisive, deviating from government policy formed under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a plebiscite on […]

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Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill

Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill




New reports have emerged of a marriage equality bill being drafted within the Liberal party as the debate heats up once again during Parliament’s winter break. Fairfax Media have reported that government backbenchers Trent Zimmerman and Western Australian Senator Dean Smith are collaborating on a bill to legalise marriage equality by parliamentary free vote, rather […]

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Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay

Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay




A recent poll has shown that up to 26% of Coalition voters would consider voting for a new government that is committed to allowing a free vote on marriage equality if legislation isn’t passed in this term. The data from Galaxy Research shows that approximately 1.1 million voters would switch their vote at the next […]

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Graham Richardson no longer favours plebiscite, calls for free vote

Graham Richardson no longer favours plebiscite, calls for free vote




Political commentator Graham Richardson has declared he no longer supports the idea of a plebiscite on marriage equality. The respected retired politician says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should just schedule a free vote on the issue. Writing in The Australian, Richardson said the recent controversy over Margaret Court comments had convinced him that Australia would be […]

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Dean Smith describes the postal plebiscite idea as “junk mail”

Dean Smith describes the postal plebiscite idea as “junk mail”




Western Australian senator Dean Smith has labeled the idea to hold a postal plebiscite as ‘junk mail”. The senator has previously spoken out against the plebiscite policy and called for a free vote in parliament. Speaking to The Australian Senator Smith dismissed the idea of a postal version of a plebiscite. “The postal plebiscite idea is […]

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