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Turnbull government kills same-sex marriage

SMH  |  09 August 2017  |  News

The Turnbull government will make a doomed second attempt to enact a plebiscite on same-sex marriage after Liberal MPs rejected an internal push to ditch the policy and allow a free vote.

If that fails to pass the Senate, as expected, the government is satisfied it can legally conduct a voluntary postal ballot without legislation – a threat it is now making to the Senate crossbench.

The political spotlight will now turn to the "rebel" Liberal MPs and whether they will cross the floor to join with Labor and the crossbench to force a vote on a private member's bill drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith.

At the meeting, most MPs argued the government should heap pressure back on Labor and the Senate crossbench, who together with the Greens blocked the plebiscite late last year.


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