Business calls for vote on same-sex marriage

Any move to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage is likely to be challenged in the High Court

"The plebiscite was the commitment they made and they should stick to it, and that's what the Liberal Party think", he said.

The Senate blocked the Turnbull government's election promise of a national plebiscite on same sex marriage in October past year.

Senior ministers, however, reportedly now have a detailed proposal for a postal plebiscite to give voters a say. But marriage equality groups confirmed they have lodged High Court proceedings to block a postal vote.

One of its leaders, Senator Dean Smith, released a draft Bill on Sunday which many hoped might be supported by his party and would lead to a free vote in parliament.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that marriage equality is no closer than it was yesterday.

"If it moves us as we were always supposed to towards a free vote, which was the whole position we took to the election - it wasn't just a plebiscite, it was a plebiscite with a free vote - then I'm very open to it", he said.

"A lot of people talk to me about marriage equality and I think across the business community, like the broader community, there's a lot of people who think the time has come and they would certainly like to see our politicians simply vote on the issue", Ms Willmott said.

Amarnath yatra attack was about oneupmanship between warring Lashkar factions
It is alleged that these people helped Lashkar-e Taiba terrorists to carry out the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Incidentally, the LeT had condemned the attack, saying Islam does not allow violence against any faith.

Coutinho: Barcelona close in on ace as Liverpool target Lanzini
The Reds hierarchy have agreed a transfer fee in the region of £90million for Coutinho to join the Catalan giants. Barcelona have been after Coutinho for a while, and had seen multiple bids rejected by Liverpool .

Matsuyama shoots 61, romps to five-stroke victory at Bridgestone
Spieth closed with a 68 and tied for 13th in his last tournament before he goes for the career Grand Slam in the PGA Championship. Kim banished the haunting memory of missing a 14-inch putt to win a major and replaced it with the sweetest sensation.

"I intend to continue to support a compulsory attendance national plebiscite as the fairest way to resolve the issue".

Cormann confirmed the plebiscite enabling legislation will be introduced again to the Senate this week.

The government would not introduce this bill under their current policy, but Smith can introduce it on his own as a private member's bill.

"That's a respectable minority view inside the Coalition party room".

A proposal for a postal vote, which has been advocated by immigration minister Peter Dutton, is expected to be debated by cabinet, with the logic being that it's the next best option because it would not require legislation to support it and the Senate has blocked the national plebiscite route.

The Equality Campaign's executive director, Tiernan Brady, said people should not lose sight that this was a debate about real Australians.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Amit Shah's entry into Rajya Sabha good for BJP: Prakash Javadekar
He also alleged that BJP was spreading "false reports" that the MLAs would use the "NOTA" option in the polls to defeat Patel. Before Vaghela broke ranks, the Congress had 57 MLAs in the 182-member House.

Mueller requests White House documents on Flynn
"That wouldn't be taking place if there was really no evidence, no evidentiary basis to move forward", Schiff said of the grand jury news.

Slow-moving Typhoon Noru makes landfall in western Japan
Authorities were warning of flooding, mudslides, high waves and swollen rivers in the southern part of Kyushu island and on the Amami Oshima region.

Trump eyes top policy aide for comms director role
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is being considered for an elevated communications role, a White House official tells CNN .

Stephen Miller could take on a WH communications role
The White House officials cautioned that conversations about Miller's role are ongoing and no final decisions have been made. We can only wish him well and hope he helps the president become a true chief executive of our great country .

Lucas di Grassi et Renault champions — Formule E
Deux victoires pour lui, contre six à Buemi qui, en plus, a dû zapper les deux courses de New York: ces chiffres sont éloquents. La dernière course de l'année a été remportée par un Français, Jean-Eric Vergne, pilote de Techeetah, une écurie chinoise.

Fines to enforce your right to be forgotten online
The new proposals are created to give citizens more control over their data with strict rules on how it can be held and used. Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government.

SACP to support Zuma government in vote
"Good ANC MPs who choose to do the right thing are likely to find themselves immediately recalled and cast out of the party". Speaker Baleka Mbete is set to announce whether the vote would be by way of secret ballot this afternoon.

Ex-Phillies Catcher Darren Daulton Dead at 55 After Brain Cancer Battle
After his playing career, he also spent time as a radio host for the team starting in 2010 on Philadelphia's 95.7 TheFanatic. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 1980 draft and made his debut on September 25, 1983, against the St.

Pakistani president swears in members of new Cabinet
He added that Panama case verdict was a unanimous decision by five SC judges after a thorough investigation. A federal minister told Dawn that the decision to "retain" Shahbaz had been finalised.

South Korean prosecutors seek 12 year prison term for Samsung chief
The move came hours before prosecutors demanded a 12-year jail term for Lee's son and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman, Jay Y. At the final hearing, prosecutors called him the "ultimate beneficiary" of crimes committed in the scandal.

13 injured in hazardous materials leak at California dock
Twelve people were reported hurt Sunday after a ship leaked a "flammable liquid" near the Port of Long Beach in California. Local and federal officials are investigating the spill and monitoring cleanup efforts.

New sanctions on North Korea
However, repeated sanctions have so far failed to deter North Korea from continuing with its missile development. China's foreign minister had earlier stressed that dialogue was needed as well as sanctions on North Korea.

U.S. calls off search for 3 Marines off Australia
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has briefed President Donald Trump on the situation, a White House spokesman said. The military has launched a recovery effort instead and the missing Marines' next of kin had been notified.

North and South Korea foreign ministers meet: Yonhap
He left Pyongyang yesterday and was en route to Manila, the North's official KCNA news agency reported. Ri, do you have plans to meet with Minister Kang Kyung-wha?) "We have no plans to meet her".

Other news