Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Coalition to try again for gay marriage plebiscite

Coalition to try again for gay marriage plebiscite

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby wants the plan abandoned, saying he was happy to wait to Wednesday his partner of 50 years instead of having the public postal vote.

If approved by the Senate, the plebiscite would take place on November 25.

Links to the Australian Electoral Commission and the ABS websites scatter the page, with many members, like Ms Bayly, urging people to register as overseas electors so they can be heard.

One part that IS clear: the approximate cost of that voluntary voting.

A postal plebiscite is the only credible pathway forward to resolve same-sex marriage legislation, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Labor, the Greens and Nick Xenophon all strongly opposed the idea.

Instead it would be spent on a useless opinion survey given that conservative Liberal senators, such as Eric Abetz, have indicated they will not change their vote regardless of the outcome, she said.

Senator Seselja told Sky News on Thursday politicians should honour the results of the vote in Parliament.

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Since the Liberal party confirmed its intention to hold a plebiscite on Monday, 53,000 people have contacted the AEC to update their address. But that parliamentary vote won't happen right away either.

It appears soon we will have a postal plebiscite and voters around Australia will have to decide where they stand on the issue. While the bureau has authority to gather data from the population, there are questions about whether that power extends to opinions.

"We acknowledge equality is a human rights issue and that helped us make the decision for us to be in support of marriage equality", she said.

The NewsMail wants to know what Bundaberg thinks on this topical issue. "Well, it does matter and we're going to the high court and make sure it matters", Wilkie told reporters.

Nonetheless, for supporters of gay marriage, the postal vote may actually carry advantages. But national referendums in Australia rarely change the status quo. "If you're anxious about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don't like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".

While consistent polls have pointed to a majority of Australians supporting marriage equality, surprise results on the back of poor voter turnout in the US Presidential election and UK's Brexit vote point to a much closer fought contest.

Australia's first gay High Court judge said he would boycott a planned postal vote on marriage equality.

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