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Could Dean Smith be the new Senate President?

Could Dean Smith be the new Senate President?

Could Liberal Senator Dean Smith be the new President of the Senate when parliament returns? Yesterday Senator Stephen Parry resigned from the senate after it was confirmed that he held dual Australian and British Citizenship. The shock departure of another member of the government leaves the position of Senate President open. Parry follows the National’s […]

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Pauline Hanson is worried that the words ‘Mum and Dad’ will be outlawed

Pauline Hanson is worried that the words ‘Mum and Dad’ will be outlawed

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is worried that the words ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ will be outlawed if same-sex marriage becomes a reality in Australia. Speaking about the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017 in the senate yesterday, Senator Hanson said down the track it could become difficult for Australia’s school teachers if children who had same-sex […]

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Bill Shorten says he’ll actively campaign for a YES vote

Bill Shorten says he’ll actively campaign for a YES vote

Labor leader Bill Shorten has told reporters that he’ll be actively campaigning for the YES side of the marriage equality debate. Following the High Court’s decision that will allow the government’s plan for a nationwide postal survey on marriage to proceed, Shorten said it was time to make sure the result of the process was […]

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Plebiscite bill has failed in the senate for a second time

Plebiscite bill has failed in the senate for a second time

The government’s compulsory attendance plebiscite has been knocked back by the senate for a second time after MPs declined to have a second reading of the bill. Labor’s Senator Penny Wong delivered a passionate speech arguing against the government’s plan to poll the population rather represent the people. “This motion is not about giving people […]

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Australian senate debates marriage plebiscite

Australian senate debates marriage plebiscite

The Turnbull government’s legislation for a plebiscite on marriage equality has reached the Australian senate with a long list of politicians lining up to speak about the proposal. Special Minister of State Scott Ryan told parliament that the suggestion that the debate around the plebiscite would be intemperate He says the prospect of “intemperate debate” […]

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Brandis accuses Wong of attacking Wilson because he’s gay

Brandis accuses Wong of attacking Wilson because he’s gay

Attorney General George Brandis has clashed with Labor’s Senator Penny Wong during the Senate Estimates Hearings. Senator Wong asked the Senator Brandis if an appearance by Tim Wilson at a Liberal party event had constituted the then Human Rights Commissioner being a draw card to a fundraiser. Wilson, who is now the Liberal member for […]

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Brandis: The Labor party has driven a stake through the heart of marriage equality

Brandis: The Labor party has driven a stake through the heart of marriage equality

Attorney General George Brandis has lashed out at Labor’s Senator Penny Wong over her party’s decision to block the government’s marriage plebiscite referendum. Speaking in parliament this afternoon Senator Brandis criticised Labor’s decision to block the plebiscite legislation. Without Labor’s support the government will not have the number to pass the bill in the senate. […]

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Four Corners looks at the marriage debate

Four Corners looks at the marriage debate

Tonight’s episode of the ABC’s Four Corners will focus on the marriage debate in Australia, tracing the discussion from John Howard’s decision to amend the marriage act in 2004 to the plebiscite impasse that the Turnbull government faces today. Reporter Quentin Mcdermott spoke to OUTinPerth this morning ahead of the broadcast of For Better or […]

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Australian Christian Lobby welcomes public funding for campaign

Australian Christian Lobby welcomes public funding for campaign

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed the news that the government will provide $7.5 million towards campaigns advocating both for and against marriage equality. Appearing on ABC radio, ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said the amount being provided was “a bit low”, but it would allow the group to promote their message to a […]

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Wong says Labor still has “real concerns” about plebiscite on ‘The Project’

Wong says Labor still has “real concerns” about plebiscite on ‘The Project’

Senator Penny Wong struggled to convince the hosts of ‘The Project’ of Labor’s hesitation to vote for a plebiscite on marriage equality in a heated interview on Monday. The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate said Labor has “real concerns about a plebiscite”, describing the national vote as “expensive, divisive and non-binding.” “Remember that the […]

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