Tony Abbott and sister's gay marriage row goes public


Lyle Shelton, of the Australian Christian Lobby, invoked both the Irish head of the Qantas airline and Ireland itself in outlining how he sees the same-sex marriage campaign.

Her comments come after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday insisted Australia could have a respectful debate while announcing the government planned to hold a postal vote if its second attempt at a plebiscite failed.

Senator Seselja told Sky News on Thursday politicians should honour the results of the vote in Parliament. It had already attempted once in October 2016.

"It is anticipated that subject to these arrangements, the ABS, supported by Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) officers as appropriate, will make relevant announcements about timetables and practical arrangements", Senator Cormann said.

"If we have to vote, let us vote "no" to gay marriage for the sake of Australia, our children and our children's children".

"Our family and friends deserve better". On Monday, Turnbull's party held a crisis meeting over the issue, and chose to put legislation before the Parliament for the plebiscite.

"There is only one reason why this failure to deal with marriage equality has dragged on as long as it has - it is because of the complete failure of leadership and weakness of the prime minister", opposition leader Bill Shorten said. "This is a vote because some in the Coalition can never countenance equality and they are never going to change their minds".

He also pointed out that as normal electoral rules would not apply in the postal vote, there would be "no protection against ballot fraud, electoral bribery, intimidation, interfering with the electoral roll, publishing misleading and deceptive material".

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"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".

Kildea said without parliamentary legislation to approve the expenditure, there could be questions around whether they had the "statutory authority" to carry it out.

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.

"If we are forced to a postal survey on marriage equality, GetUp will defer to the results of a recent survey conducted of the LGBTIQ community. which indicates the community does not support a boycott, and thus engage in a campaign to win a 'Yes" result, ' campaign director Sally Rugg said.

Justice Kirby said he was hurt the government would put the issue of same-sex marriage to a postal vote.

Mr Chester previously told The Express he believed a compulsory attendance national plebiscite was the fairest way to resolve the issue and was disappointed Labor and the Greens voted against it.

"This is a vote whose sole aim is to stop the members of this parliament being given a chance to do their job and vote", said Wong.