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Australia: Same-sex marriage plebiscite has begun as Poll shows 70% support

Australia: Same-sex marriage plebiscite has begun as Poll shows 70% support

Yesterday, Tuesday 12th, Australia launched its postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage, as a widely watched poll indicated the country would be overwhelmingly in support. The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine whether Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in […]

Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

(Reuters) One of Australia’s most senior ministers yesterday, Sunday 23rd, reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue. Conservative Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s policy is for a national vote, or plebiscite, but that proposal was defeated in the Senate in late 2016.

Australian Labor’s Bill Shorten Voiced His Total Opposition To A Plebiscite

Australian Labor’s Bill Shorten Voiced His Total Opposition To A Plebiscite

The opposition to a plebiscite on marriage equality in Australia is very strong, and there are many reasons to oppose it, including the fact that although it will be a compulsory vote, it is non-binding, and will cost in the region of $160 million to the Australian people. Bill Shorten has also said recently that […]

Australia: Midsumma Pride March In Melbourne And Date For Apology

Australia: Midsumma Pride March In Melbourne And Date For Apology

Thousands celebrated with the LGBT community in Melbourne yesterday, as the Midsumma Pride March took place in St Kilda. To support the gay community, there were politicians from the Labor Party and the Greens, together with the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews. Andrews was one of the speakers at the rally, and he criticised Malcolm […]

Australia: Labor increases pressure on Abbott to allow free vote on Marriage Equality

Australia: Labor increases pressure on Abbott to allow free vote on Marriage Equality

In Australia, marriage equality advocates say marriage equality can be achieved through a cross-party conscience vote during this term of government, following yesterday’s decision by the Labor National Conference not to bind its members to vote for the reform. Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, “By deciding not to bind Labor MPs to […]

Australia: Prime Minister’s Sister, Christine, Says Only Bipartisan Approach Will Succeed With Marriage Equality Bill

Australia: Prime Minister’s Sister, Christine, Says Only Bipartisan Approach Will Succeed With Marriage Equality Bill

In Australia today, opposition leader Bill Shorten (Labour) is to introduce a bill which would see marriage defined as “between two people” rather than between “a man and a woman”, and so, if passed, would legalise gay marriage. In an ABC news report,  Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s gay sister, Christine Forster, has called for a […]

Australia: Advocates Applaud Proposed Cross-Party Bill (Liberals & Labour) As Circuit-Breaker

Australia: Advocates Applaud Proposed Cross-Party Bill (Liberals & Labour) As Circuit-Breaker

In Australia, where corporations who support marriage equality have just taken out a full-page ad, marriage equality advocates have welcomed what is being called a circuit-breaker in  a proposed cross-party marriage equality bill. Liberal MP, Warren Entsch, and Labor MP, Graham Perrett, have revealed they will co-sponsor a new marriage equality bill and seek support […]