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Western Australians want marriage equality without a costly plebiscite

A new Galaxy poll shows that almost 60% of Western Australians want marriage equality to be a reality. The poll which was commissioned by The Sunday Times asked respondents how they would vote if a plebiscite was held today and 59% said they would be in favour of same-sex couples being allowed to marry. Thirty […]

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Plebiscite funding included in budget, advocates say it’s time to move on

Plebiscite funding included in budget, advocates say it’s time to move on

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s new budget includes funding of $170 million to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality despite the legislation failing to pass the senate in November 2016. Long-time marriage equality advocate and spokesperson for just.equal, Rodney Croome, described the government’s commitment to the failed policy as a great disappointment. “It’s deeply disappointing that the […]

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Marriage equality supporters welcome the end of the plebiscite

Marriage equality supporters welcome the end of the plebiscite

Yesterday the government’s proposed plan for marriage equality was defeated in the Upper House, with 33 votes against the bill and 29 in favour. High profile proponents for marriage equality without a plebiscite, Australian Marriage Equality & Australians For Equality have welcomed the end of the public vote. “The majority of Australians and parliamentarians back […]

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Re-elected Labor senators push to block plebiscite in Parliament

Re-elected Labor senators push to block plebiscite in Parliament

Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh and WA’s Louise Pratt are urging the ALP to aim for a free vote by MPs on marriage equality in Parliament by blocking the proposed plebiscite in Canberra. Senator Pratt returns to the senate as Rainbow Labor co-convenor and has been given the position of Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and […]

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Malcolm Turnbull not worried about plebiscite legislation

Malcolm Turnbull not worried about plebiscite legislation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turbull has told the ABC’s ‘7:30’ that he’s not worried about legislation for his proposed plebiscite not being able to make it through the the post election senate. Asked if he would consider putting the issue to a free vote on the floor of the parliament if a senate filled with crossbenchers […]

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