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Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill has passed through the lower house of parliament, bringing marriage equality into Australian law. Following the ‘Yes’ result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey the co-sponsored bill has been hotly debated for the last two weeks, but remains unchanged by amendments from conservatives and The Greens. Amendments put forward […]

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House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

House of Representatives continue to debate marriage bill

The House of Representatives has finished the second reading of Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill and progressed to discussing a series of proposed amendments to the legislation. Three days of speeches from over 100 members of parliament came to an end this morning. Among the hundreds of speeches that have been delivered over the last […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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PM to support amendments to Smith marriage bill in lower house

PM to support amendments to Smith marriage bill in lower house

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will support some amendments to Senator Dean Smith’s cross-party marriage bill when it reaches the House of Representatives next week. The bill, which was debated over three days in the Senate this week, passed the upper house unamended – despite numerous attempts from Liberal Senators James Paterson, David Fawcett […]

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Australian Christian Lobby doubts police statement

The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has told the media that he’s sceptical of the statement from the Australian Capital Territory Police that the explosion outside the lobby groups office was not politically motivated. Last night a van containing gas cylinders was set alight causing an explosion at the front of the organisation’s […]

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“Sort this out”: McGowan’s marriage message to the government

“Sort this out”: McGowan’s marriage message to the government

Independent MP Cathy McGowan has spoken out about how marriage equality remains an unsettled issue in her regional electorate. Discussing the cross-party bill for marriage equality put forward in collaboration with Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and The Greens Adam Bandt, McGowan said regardless of whether you ask urban or regional Australia – people want marriage […]

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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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Labor to submit new private member’s bill on marriage equality

Labor to submit new private member’s bill on marriage equality

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced on social media that Labor will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives, as the first day of the new Parliament comes to a close. The Labor Leader posted online that he and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek have given notice to the Parliament that they plan to […]

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Cross party bill for marriage equality introduced

Cross party bill for marriage equality introduced

The Greens Adam Bandt, alongside independent MP’s Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan, have announced that they will introduce their private members bill for same sex marriage. The announcement comes Labor leader Bill Shorten and deputy Tanya Plibersek also announce the introduction of a similar private member’s bill. In announcing the bill the cross party group […]

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Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

After Tanya Plibersek announced yesterday she would be introducing legislation to allow same sex marriage into federal parliament in the coming months, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has advised the Deputy Labor Leader not to push the legislation until a cross-party committee can do its work. “The best way of getting a bill through Parliament […]

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