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Malcolm Turnbull calls emergency Liberal marriage equality meeting

Malcolm Turnbull calls emergency Liberal marriage equality meeting

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called the Liberal Party back from parliamentary break a day earlier than expected to debate marriage equality before all MPs return to Canberra. Headlines have been dominated by the issue in the last week, as government MPs declare they will cross the floor if given the opportunity to vote in […]

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LNP president hits out at MPs who support marriage equality

LNP president hits out at MPs who support marriage equality

The President of the Liberal National Party in Queensland has described comments from MPs who support marriage equality as “unfortunate”. Gary Spence, emailed party members and reaffirmed that the party remained opposed to marriage equality and was committed to using a plebiscite to address the long running debate. Spence said he was disappointed that people […]

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Postal plebiscite idea criticised by all sides of politics

Postal plebiscite idea criticised by all sides of politics

The idea of deciding Australia’s long running marriage equality debate by a opt-in postal plebiscite has been criticised by politicians on both sides of the political spectrum. Liberal Senator Dean Smith, who is working on a private members bill for same-sex marriage, has described the idea as “corrosive”. Speaking to ABC radio this morning, Senator […]

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PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan

PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly under pressure to accept the proposal of a postal based plebiscite on marriage equality after the Queensland Liberal-National party passed a motion voicing support for the idea. The Australian has reported that the Queensland branch passed a motion supporting the idea for a non-binding, non-compulsory national vote that would be […]

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Can the PM find a way out of his plebiscite quagmire?

Can the PM find a way out of his plebiscite quagmire?

News Corp publications are reporting that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is considering a Plan B in light of the growing likelihood his plebiscite plan won’t get up. The Prime Minister’s Office is still declaring that the plebiscite plan is the government ‘s official policy,but the newspaper has reported that their sources have said that the […]

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Prime Minister suggests plebiscite might be pushed back to 2017

Prime Minister suggests plebiscite might be pushed back to 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has suggested that the plebiscite on marriage will be pushed back to 2017. Appearing on the ABC’s ‘7:30’ the Prime Minister was asked by host Leigh Sales when he planned to introduce the legislation required for the plebiscite to be held. “We will bring that legislation forward in the course of […]

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Budget includes $160 million for mariage plebiscite

Budget includes $160 million for mariage plebiscite

This week’s federal budget includes $160 million to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality. The additional poll would be held within the next twelve months. The Australian Electoral Commission had previously indicated the cost of the stand alone vote would be $158 million dollars. Senator Robert Simms from The Greens has described the Coalitions decision […]

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Gay candidate to run against Bob Katter for Liberal Party

Gay candidate to run against Bob Katter for Liberal Party

Jonathan Pavetto, agricultural economist and member of the LGBT community, has been chosen by the Liberal Party to run for the Queensland seat of Kennedy in the upcoming federal election. Pavetto told the Cairns Post that he expects it to be a tough fight to win Kennedy where Katter has enjoyed much popularity. “The party […]

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Amanda Vanstone argues for Liberal conscience vote

Former Liberal Senator and MP Amanda Vanstone has argued in favour of a conscience vote on changes to the Marriage Act in an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald today. Vanstone argues that preventing a free conscience vote in the Liberal party room is contra to party’s values. “The Liberal Party, however, prides itself […]

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Silent majority will defeat marriage equality

Silent majority will defeat marriage equality

Earlier this week, NSW Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells declared that the current move towards marriage equality in Australia will be shut down by the ‘silent majority’. Since Ireland’s historical referendum and the 2014 Crosby/Textor poll that declared that 74% of Australians support marriage equality, many have touted marriage equality in Australia as inevitable. Ms Fierravanti-Wells […]

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