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New census sexuality questions removed after feedback from minister

New census sexuality questions removed after feedback from minister

Reports have emerged that new questions that included sexuality and gender identity were dumped from the census after feedback from government minister Michael Sukkar. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed to Senate Estimates that of the 40,000 test forms of the census, 20,000 of those which featured new questions about gender and sexuality were destroyed. […]

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Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells resigns citing the marriage debate

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells resigns citing the marriage debate

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has resigned as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Senator Fierravanti-Wells said there were many reasons she was no longer supporting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull including last year’s debate over marriage equality. While the Prime Minister was vocal supporter of allowing same-sex couples to wed, the New South Wales senator was strongly […]

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Liberal MPs call for greater protections for religious freedom

Liberal MPs call for greater protections for religious freedom

A number of Liberal MPs are speaking out ahead of the long awaited release of the government’s Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom and calling for additional laws to protect people of faith. The Australian published an opinion piece over the weekend from Dan Teham, the Minister for Social Services. Tehan argues that the country needs to […]

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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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Conservative MPs say colleagues are betraying voters

Conservative MPs say colleagues are betraying voters

A trio of Liberal Ministers have declared that colleagues who support the marriage laws being changed without protections for religious freedom are betraying coalition voters. In today’s The Australian Assistant Ministers Angus Taylor, Zed Seselja and Michael Sukkar accuse gay Liberal MPs Dean Smith and Tim Wilson of failing to meet the expectations of coalition voters. […]

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Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says he is still hopefully that the result of the marriage postal survey will be a win for the ‘No’ campaign, but if the Australian people have chosen to change the marriage laws he wants provisions for “conscientious objection” included in the marriage legislation. Speaking to The Guardian Australia, Senator Abetz […]

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Poll shows support for marriage equality growing in final days of campaign

Poll shows support for marriage equality growing in final days of campaign

A special NewsPoll published in The Australian has shown that support for marriage equality has grown over the last two weeks of the marriage postal survey campaign. If the predictions are accurate, the ‘No’ campaign faces an almost impossible task of needing to secure 97 per cent of the remaining ballots to be able to get a […]

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Michael Sukkar says most Australians are against marriage equality

Michael Sukkar says most Australians are against marriage equality

Liberal frontbencher Michael Sukkar says the blame for any hate speech and negative consequences generated by the continuing debate over marriage equality should be directed at advocates in favour of marriage equality. “The adverse impact of having this discussion, using their logic, since February this year has been a lot worse than if it had […]

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Bernardi calls for ‘go slow’ move on plebiscite

Bernardi calls for ‘go slow’ move on plebiscite

South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has called on his colleagues to “take a deep breath” after Saturday’s federal election and put the brakes on the timetable for a plebiscite on marriage equality. With the government hoping to scrape back in for a second term Senator Bernardi told The Guardian that it was time for […]

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