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Labor to submit new private member’s bill on marriage equality

Labor to submit new private member’s bill on marriage equality

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced on social media that Labor will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives, as the first day of the new Parliament comes to a close. The Labor Leader posted online that he and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek have given notice to the Parliament that they plan to […]

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Labor candidate Christian Kunde resigns but denies homophobic lecture

A Labor candidate in the federal election has stood down after a newspaper report highlighted his connection to an Islamic extremist group and alleged that he’d delivered a homophobic lecture. Christian Kunde, who also goes by the name of Abdullah Kunde, was Labor’s candidate for the seat of the NSW seat of Farrar. Kunde resigned […]

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Plibersek: Turnbull has kicked marriage equality into the never-never

Plibersek: Turnbull has kicked marriage equality into the never-never

Labor’s deputy leader Tanya Plibersek delivered a speech in parliament yesterday restating Labor’s call for the government to address the marriage equality issue. Ms Plibersek said many Australian’s were asking themselves why marriage equality had not been introduced considering over 20 countries, many who are culturally similar to Australia, had brought in legislation to allow […]

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Senator Dean Smith raises new plebiscite questions

Senator Dean Smith raises new plebiscite questions

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has raised new questions about the planned plebiscite on the matter of marriage equality. The first openly gay Liberal in the federal Parliament asked in an op-ed for Fairfax Media whether a public vote on marriage could open the gates to future plebiscites on issues such as euthanasia or military deployment. “Should […]

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Third Liberal MP to cross the floor for marriage equality

Third Liberal MP to cross the floor for marriage equality

Queensland MP Teresa Gambaro has revealed that she will defy the Coalition party room decision and cross the floor for marriage equality. Ms Gambaro had already pledged her support by co-sponsoring the cross-party bill for marriage equality along with fellow Lib Warren Entsch, as well as members of The Greens, Labor and Independent MPs. The […]

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Labor Leader Bill Shorten Warns Against Binding Vote

Labor Leader Bill Shorten  has warned his colleagues against calling for binding vote on marriage equality ahead of the party’s conference this weekend. Mr Shorten has argued that if Labor MPs are bound by party policy it will reduce the chances of Prime Minister Tony Abbott allowing coalition MPs to have a free vote on […]

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PM declares his views on marriage referendum are “well known”

PM declares his views on marriage referendum are “well known”

In question time this afternoon Independent MP Andrew Wilkie asked the Prime Minister if he would rule out a plebiscite on the issue of marriage equality. The member for Denison asked; “Prime Minister, the ban on same sex marriage is legislated discrimination and plain wrong. In response to the recent Irish referendum you stated that […]

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Bill Shorten Fast-tracks Marriage Equality

Bill Shorten Fast-tracks Marriage Equality

Bill Shorten, the Leader of the Opposition has announced his intention to introduce a bill for marriage equality into the Australian parliament next week. “I have given notice that I will move a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Representatives on Monday which will finally bring about marriage equality in Australia,” Mr Shorten said […]

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Tanya Plibersek Dismisses Senator Dean Smith’s Concerns

Tanya Plibersek Dismisses Senator Dean Smith’s Concerns

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek has dismissed claims from Liberal Senator Dean Smith that her call for the Labor Party to have a binding vote on marriage equality have destroyed any hope on Liberal members being granted a conscience vote. Ms Plibersek said the Liberal Party had shown no movement on this issue since taking […]

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Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

Greens Leaders Urge Labor Not to Rush Same Sex Marriage Bill

After Tanya Plibersek announced yesterday she would be introducing legislation to allow same sex marriage into federal parliament in the coming months, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has advised the Deputy Labor Leader not to push the legislation until a cross-party committee can do its work. “The best way of getting a bill through Parliament […]

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