Election advertising rules won't apply to the postal plebiscite

Tony Abbott has described his sister’s decision to leave her marriage for a woman as “brave” and “authentic”

Tony Abbott has described his sister’s decision to leave her marriage for a woman as “brave” and “authentic”CARL COURT GETTY IMAGES

Same-sex marriage is a highly politicized issue in the country, and experts said the postal vote was a highly unusual, perhaps unique, path for Australia to pursue.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday morning, the prime minister ruled out any chance of that a private members bill for same-sex marriage, proposed by some members of his party will go ahead. Australia now doesn't allow same-sex couples to legally marry.

The plebiscite was first raised as a possibility at a meeting of the Liberal National Coalition in August 2015, where then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised the national vote after the 2016 election.

Australian citizens will be asked where they stand on potential legalization of same-sex marriage in a non-binding mail-in vote, after lawmakers failed to pass legislation Wednesday to make it a national plebiscite vote issue in November.

I agree the whole debate has been a dog's breakfast and a plebiscite is an enormous waste of money when a vote on the floor of parliament could get the job done.

Court's comments come after she was widely condemned when she boycotted Qantas earlier this year over its support of marriage equality.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government had legal advice that the postal ballot would withstand a court challenge.

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.

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Correspondence from Queensland MP Trevor Evans, who was unable to attend because he was at his grandmother's funeral, was read out to the party room. "Two people who want to share their lives together".

The Senate has previously rejected the idea of a plebiscite.

"It is exposing our children to that kind of hatred".

"It's about my right to be able to stand in front of my family and friends and say "I do" to [my partner] Virginia".

Labor leader Bill Shorten seized the opportunity to talk about the love of same-sex couples, saying there was nothing obsolete about wishing to treat everyone as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

ACT Senator Zed Seselja will vote "no" in the Turnbull government's postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, arguing Christians and other religious believers could persecuted for their views on marriage and sexuality if the law is changed.

Minchin, who co-wrote the Olivier Award-winning Matilda the Musical, makes it quite clear he is in favour of same-sex marriages - and doesn't think much of those who oppose them.

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