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No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters have launched an online petition calling for a recount of the Australian Marriage Postal Survey. The petition at change.org claims that the results provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are “unreliable and do not represent the true numbers reflected by the Australian people.” The petition says that corruption is widespread throughout government departments and […]

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How the states voted in the marriage survey

How the states voted in the marriage survey

Australians have voiced their support for marriage equality with 61.6 per cent of people taking part in the marriage postal survey on marriage ticking the YES box on their survey forms. Every state has voted in favour of change. Support was strongest in the Australian Capital Territory where 74 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’. […]

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Australia delivers a clear YES result on marriage equality

Australia delivers a clear YES result on marriage equality

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have announced a ‘YES’ result has triumphed in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. After weeks of intensified debate, 61.6% Australian voters have declared that same sex couples should be allowed to marry by way of a unique postal survey devised by the Turnbull Government. The result has been described […]

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Malcolm Turnbull says Paterson bill has “no prospect” of passing

Malcolm Turnbull says Paterson bill has “no prospect” of passing

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put his support behind Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill saying the conservative bill put forward by Victorian Senator James Paterson has no prospect of becoming law. On the eve of the marriage postal survey results being announced, the Prime Minister said MPs would be free to suggest amendments on any […]

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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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The Equality Campaign says Paterson bill is a license to discriminate

The Equality Campaign says Paterson bill is a license to discriminate

The Equality Campaign has rejected the marriage equality bill put forward by Senator James Paterson as nothing more than a license to discriminate. “This is not a marriage equality bill. It’s about enshrining discrimination and taking Australia back decades,” said Anna Brown of the Equality Campaign. “Australians are voting to make our country a fairer […]

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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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Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Seeing reports that some vocal opponents of Marriage Equality (including politicians, primarily those with a “religious” bent,) may well not accept a “YES” vote for marriage equality, I was reminded of a 2009 online opinion piece “An end to the right to discriminate” by Jim Wolfe, that I used when researching my submission to the […]

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Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Equality advocates have launched a campaign against any new legal discrimination against same-sex and other couples if the Marriage Act is amended to allow same-sex couples to marry. The campaign includes a webform to allow equality supporters to email MPs, a survey of the LGBTI community to determine its views on further discrimination in the […]

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