Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Australia's Ruling Party Refuses Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

Australia's Ruling Party Refuses Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

"That makes it particularly hard to our side because we don't have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us", he said.

Liberal and Nationals MPs on Tuesday endorsed a plan to have the Australian Bureau of Statistics - which is still reeling from last year's bungled census - conduct the postal ballot. That could see a return to the political chaos that resulted in Australia churning through five prime ministers in the past decade, bringing with it crippling policy inertia.

The government's plebiscite plan was rejected by the Senate, with a $122 million postal vote set to follow.

A final result would be secured by November 15. Major companies such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd. have also been vocal in their support. "The government is giving every Australian a say on the issue of marriage, because we promised to do so, and we keep our promises", Turnbull said.

"If Scott Morrison thinks wasting $122 million on a divisive and harmful and non-binding opinion poll is money well spent, is there any wonder that the budget is in such very bad condition on his watch", he said.

Penny Wong addresses the same sex marriage plebiscite planned for November.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, pictured in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

Constitutional law experts including George Williams and Anne Twomey have raised concerns about the postal vote.

Aside from the legal threat, the Turnbull Government is facing pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby.

The group has gathered 55,000 signatures on a petition urging the government to stick to its election promise to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, or risk losing the support of "millions" of voters, The Australian reports.

The legalisation of same-sex marriage is inevitable. Pictured here with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

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"Whilst you and your colleagues are bickering in your party room, aren't you concerned about the message you send to young vulnerable gay and lesbian Australians that they won't deserve the same treatment as other Australians?" He believes that would not require Senate approval, but it would not be mandatory like the plebiscite would.

The plebiscite has been shot down in parliament again following the first unsuccessful bid by the Liberal Party last October.

But the government says anyone who wants to vote badly enough will be able to figure out the postal system.

RELIGIOUS viewpoints have shaped much of the opposition against the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

While there was an attempt to introduce a plebiscite in late 2016, the Labor party voted against it.

Yesterday, Turnbull told reporters he will be voting yes if the plebiscite takes place. "Please make the same decision on this occasion".

"You talk about unifying moments?"

"I mean, in the end, the vote's about as binding as our guarantee to deliver things in two to four business days".

"Obviously I will be voting no", Abbott said.

Some marriage equality advocates are weighing up a boycott of the ballot.

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