Aussies in United Kingdom fear they'll miss gay vote
Aussies in United Kingdom fear they'll miss gay vote
Australian leaders plan vote on same-sex marriage
12 August, 2017, 06:36
Liberal MPs emerged from the two-hour meeting backing the government's existing policy for a compulsory national plebiscite by an overwhelming majority, but with that proposal already rejected once by the senate, a non-compulsory postal vote, which does not require parliamentary approval, became plan B.
The voluntary plebiscite, in which voters would mail their ballots from September 12 until November 7, would cost AU$122 million.
"Why are we stopping people from loving each other?" asked prominent TV host Karl Stefanovic on the Nine network.
The former High court judge Michael Kirby, a staunch supporter of gay marriage, announced to the media group, Australian broadcasting corporation that he boycotterait postal voting, referred to as "an irregular and non-scientific".
The ABC reported on Friday the government is likely to rush its Bill through Parliament next week, to minimise the distribution of hateful advertising material being distributed as part of the same-sex marriage vote. In light of that, the government is expected to use its executive power to conduct a nationwide vote by mail, which could be blocked in court.
"I know LGBTI Australians are frustrated, they're angry, and they're bewildered that it has come to this", he wrote.
Polls vary, but overall, about 60 percent or more of Australians support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Morrison responded by saying that the government took the idea of a plebiscite to the previous federal election, and the Australian people voted for it.
"The condescending s**ts think by making it postal, young people won't vote. prove them wrong", the message concluded.
Some lawmakers argue the issue could be resolved with a simple vote in Parliament, but Turnbull's government seeks to gauge public support first.
Parliament would vote on legislation before December 7, but only if the plebiscite shows most Australians want gay marriage.
The Australian government has agreed not to push ahead with a postal vote on equal marriage before a legal challenge is heard.
Earlier in the day, Senator Penny Wong condemned the decision to hold a public vote on same-sex marriage, claiming it would expose children to more hatred and harm.
"I think the proposed plebiscite on marriage equality is noxious and obnoxious", Minchin says at the end of the video.
"It has no place in any debate in our country", he said.
"I am. deeply anxious that a government any government thinks that it has the authority to bypass the Parliament, that any government thinks that it is a law unto itself, that any government would think that the constitution doesn't matter". Ballot papers will begin arriving in letter boxes in for every Australian on the electoral role by September 12, and a final result would be secured by November 15.
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