Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Toowoomba residents torn on same-sex marriage

Australia's prime minister said that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage in a possible nationwide vote, and he expects the people to vote with him.

An independent lawmaker and two rights advocates said they would lodge an application in the High Court on Wednesday for an injunction to prevent the vote going ahead.

But if the high court challenge to his government's $120m spend on the postal vote succeeds, the issue is unlikely to be resolved until after the 2019 election.

Tony Abbott has requested people vote against the introduction of same-sex marriage in Australia, saying that it will stop "political correctness in its tracks".

The New Daily has sought comment for the AEC. While it's not up there with Richard Nixon's "I'm not a crook" in the history of great unfortunate political one-liners, it is one likely to get replayed over and over from now until the end of his political career. The turnout rate in the 2015 Western Australian local government election was just 27.5 per cent.

"It is crucial that we launch these proceedings and confirm the legal validity of the postal plebiscite before $122 million of taxpayer dollars is spent on an unfair and unnecessary process only created to frustrate and delay marriage equality", HRLC legal advocacy director Anna Brown said in a statement on Thursday.

"Forty per cent won't vote at all".

The prime minister called a special meeting of the Liberal Party room on Monday to debate the issue after a concerted push for a parliamentary "free vote" emerged among several Coalition MPs.

That can not be avoided and we should not censor any debate conducted in good faith.

Voters have until the close of business on August 24 to update their enrolment details, or enrol for the first time. We could learn the results by November 15.

Who should check their enrolment?

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.

"The way it's being conducted actually doesn't give everyone an equal chance", Dr Allen said.

In case of a victory of the "yes", a free vote will be held in Parliament.

Another key argument against postal voting is that it is non-binding: the parliament could still vote no after a majority of Australians voted yes. His claim of "political correctness" is a rabid neoliberal construct from 1990s America invented to pour scorn on true liberal innovation. "The more high-profile you are the more important discretion is".

Despite a postal vote now appearing all but certain, advocacy groups are promising a legal challenge, local media reported.

Announced by the Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann, the arrangements for fulfilling the Treasurer's direction will be determined by the Australian Statistician.

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