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Lyle Shelton joins Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives

Lyle Shelton joins Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives

Lyle Shelton has joined Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives and will act as their National Communications Director before running for parliament at the next federal election. Yesterday Shelton announced he was quitting his role as Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, citing that the recent postal survey debate over marriage equality had made him want […]

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Marriage equality advocates share their joy at bill passing senate

Marriage equality advocates share their joy at bill passing senate

Advocates for marriage equality have welcomed the passage of Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill through the senate. Gathering outside parliament just after the vote was held, politicians from all sides of the chamber said they were overjoyed that after more than a decade of campaigning, and a long drawn out postal survey process, the parliament […]

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First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

The federal senate has spent the day arguing about Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill. Working into the night the senators have addressed a large number of proposed amendments to the bill with each subsequent proposed changed knocked back. Five amendments put forward by Senator James Paterson and Senator David Fawcett have failed to gain support […]

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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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