Australia: Senate Rejects Plebiscite, WA’s Barnett calls For Free Vote


Colin Barnett

The mood against a plebiscite on marriage equality in Australia is hotting up after the Senate has come out against it, calling for a conscience vote, and Western Australia’s Colin Barnett has also voiced his opposition to a plebiscite and called for a federal free vote.

The Senate had this to say:

“The committee recommends that a bill to amend the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 to allow for the marriage between two people regardless of their sex is introduced into the Parliament as a matter of urgency, with all parliamentarians being allowed a conscience vote”.

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the above recommendations, and also welcome West Australian Liberal Premier Colin Barnett’s call for a federal free vote on marriage equality and his opposition to a plebiscite on the issue.

Mr Barnett made the call as the WA Lower House yesterday passed a motion in support of a free vote.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“We welcome the WA Parliament’s motion and Colin Barnett’s leadership. A free vote on marriage equality is the quickest, cheapest, least divisive and most appropriate way to resolve the issue.”

Western Australia is now the second Liberal state to pass a marriage equality free vote motion, after a similar motion unanimously passed the NSW Lower House last June.




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