Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Coalition to try again for gay marriage plebiscite

"I encourage every Australian to exercise their right to vote on this matter".

Australia's Marriage Act 1961 states that "Certain unions are not marriages" and that any which takes place in another nation, even if that country does have marriage equality, "must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia". He believes that would not require Senate approval, but it would not be mandatory like the plebiscite would. This is the hill Turnbull has chosen to die on.

The postal plebiscite will use the normal electoral roll.

He said the voluntary vote would cost "up to $122m", paid for by an appropriation made through a finance minister's advance to the agency.

Do I need to enrol?

"A friend of my daughter's, a 15-year-old boy came out as gay last week to his parents and was kicked out of home", she bluntly told him.

When will the votes be counted?

"A conscience vote is the only respectful way forward".

Treasurer Scott Morrison defended the $122 million price tag of the postal ballot, insisting "keeping promises is money well spent".

Tony Abbott has wasted no time shifting his "no" campaign into full gear.

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

"Well done to Malcolm Turnbull and the government for making sure this is going to happen", the former prime minister told reporters in Canberra before outlining his argument for a "no" vote.

If you have not registered before then you will not be able to vote in September when the postal votes are sent out. "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", he said.

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong, who yesterday made an emotion-charged plea during a speech in parliament for "no" campaigners to leave children out of the debate, is hoping "good-hearted" Australians prevail.

Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, said his advocacy group had collected 55,000 signatures on a petition demanding a plebiscite.

Although marriage equality is supported by a majority of Australians, the country has not joined other nations in allowing homosexual couples the right to Wednesday amid political bickering over how the issue should be addressed.

"Politicians have no special insight into the workings of the human heart and this is an issue so intimate, so personal, that it is nearly uniquely the sort of issue that we want every Australian to have their say", Senator Brandis told ABC TV. She rejected claims that a public vote could be a "unifying moment" for Australia.

"It's exposing our children to that kind of hatred".

Voters in Austrailia won't get to see proposed legislation on same sex marriage before being asked to vote on it, the Government has confirmed.

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