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High Court challenge to postal plebiscite launched

High Court challenge to postal plebiscite launched

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and marriage equality activists will launch a High Court challenge to the government’s postal survey on marriage equality. The challenge will involve Wilkie and marriage equality activists Shelley Argent and Felicity Marlowe according to SBS. Wilkie also posted the announcement on his website. Earlier this morning the government’s plebiscite legislation was defeated […]

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Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Equality advocates are calling on members of the Liberal party who support marriage equality to cross the floor and vote for reform. The outcry comes just after the Liberal party decided to retain their position to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, after much speculation about a possible free vote on a newly crafted bill […]

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Experts declare postal plebiscite would be unconstitutional

Experts declare postal plebiscite would be unconstitutional

The Human Rights Law Centre has published a statement from three top constitutional lawyers declaring that the postal plebiscite plan being considered by cabinet today would be unconstitutional and open to legal challenge in the High Court. Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has released a joint opinion from […]

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Survey shows LGBTI Australians opposed to postal plebiscite

Survey shows LGBTI Australians opposed to postal plebiscite

A survey produced by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and just.equal has shows that the LGBTI community is overwhelming opposed to the idea of a postal plebiscite. The release of the survey comes ahead of Monday’s Liberal party room debate about the way forward on marriage equality where one option on […]

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Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Marriage equality advocates say they are seeking legal advice on a possible High Court challenge to a postal vote on marriage equality. Some government members, including the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Petter Dutton, have proposed a $40 million postal vote on the issue that will be voluntary for voters and non-binding for politicians. […]

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Call out for LGBTI+ opinions on postal plebiscite

Call out for LGBTI+ opinions on postal plebiscite

LGBTI+ advocates are asking the queer community what they believe is the best response to the government’s proposed postal plebiscite on marriage equality. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has proposed a $40 million postal vote, which will be optional for Australian voters and non-binding on MPs. just.equal spokesperson and marriage equality advocate […]

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Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill

Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill

New reports have emerged of a marriage equality bill being drafted within the Liberal party as the debate heats up once again during Parliament’s winter break. Fairfax Media have reported that government backbenchers Trent Zimmerman and Western Australian Senator Dean Smith are collaborating on a bill to legalise marriage equality by parliamentary free vote, rather […]

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Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay

Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay

A recent poll has shown that up to 26% of Coalition voters would consider voting for a new government that is committed to allowing a free vote on marriage equality if legislation isn’t passed in this term. The data from Galaxy Research shows that approximately 1.1 million voters would switch their vote at the next […]

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Marriage equality activists search for Malcolm Turnbull’s backbone

Marriage equality activists have continued their campaign to help the Prime Minister “find his backbone” with a visit to his electoral office today. The campaign, that is led by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), launched six mobile billboards that are travelling Sydney’s streets urging people to send the text message “backbone” […]

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PFLAG launch campaign to “give PM a backbone” on marriage equality

In a new push for a free vote on marriage equality, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have launched a campaign to give the Prime Minister a backbone. The campaign calls for supporters of marriage equality to urge Malcolm Turnbull “to grow a backbone and show leadership by allowing a free vote” in parliament. […]

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