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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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Andrew Laming describes the postal plebiscite as a Hydra

Andrew Laming describes the postal plebiscite as a Hydra

Coalition MP Andrew Laming has compared the government’s roll out of a postal plebiscite to a Hydra. Speaking on SKY News’ To The Point, the Queensland MP said while the senate had knocked back the compulsory attendance plebiscite, the government had been able to progress their postal plebiscite plan. The Queensland MP said it was like […]

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PM says postal survey’s lack of legal protections is not a concern

PM says postal survey’s lack of legal protections is not a concern

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed concerns that the proposed postal survey to gauge the nation’s appetite for marriage equality will not have the legal protections of a regular election process. The government has announced that their postal plebiscite will be deployed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), rather than the Australian Electoral Commission […]

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High Court Rules Against Chaplaincy Program

High Court Rules Against Chaplaincy Program

Today the High Court upheld a challenge against the federal government funding of school chaplains. Former Prime Minister John Howard first introduced the chaplaincy program in 2006, allowing schools to apply for $20,000 grants towards the employment of a school chaplain. Queensland man Ron Williams has twice challenged the funding arrangement, and won a challenge […]

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