Australia's former Catholic PM may lead case against gay marriage


Yesterday the Senate rejected the federal government's second bid for a compulsory postal plebiscite, forcing the government to adopt its plan-B of a voluntary postal vote.

He said the vote "denigrates the parliament" and criticised prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for lacking leadership on the issue.

The Australian government said ballots could be sent out by 12 September. Other developed nations may be surprised to hear that in 2017 we are still politicking about people's human right to marry in Australia.

Australia's first plebiscite in 1916 - on military conscription - cost taxpayers £81,113, or roughly $162 million in current dollars. Opponents say the result would be less representative of the Australian population and that young adults would be particularly underrepresented because they are less familiar with traditional mail.

On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to reject one last attempt by the government to pass legislation to establish a compulsory, m national plebiscite to be held on November 25.

Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team on Wednesday had the numbers to tie a vote at 31-all, meaning the move was defeated. My brother is gay (and in a loving, same-sex relationship) and I have many family members and friends who identify as LGBTQI ― I stand with them! "This is a democracy, this is a country governed by the rule of law", he said.

Others though, including same-sex marriage supporters, have argued strongly against abstaining from the ballot. "The hurt, the hatred, the attacks on LGBTI people are going to be amplified in our community".

More news: Esha Gupta again!!! Now covered assets with Pomegranate

The government earlier this week said if the bill was voted down in the Senate, then a voluntary non-binding postal vote would occur - also at a cost of nearly $100 million, ABC reported.

"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".

The councillor explained that marriage equality was an issue that should never have been politicised in Australia.

He used the same justification to refute Alberici's questions over whether a postal plebiscite "has any legitimacy at all" and is considered "a bit of a farce", and that gay people and the wider public "don't want a plebiscite". But national referendums in Australia rarely change the status quo.

Former prime minister and a rival of Mr Turnbull, Tony Abbott, said he would take a lead role in the campaign against legalising gay marriage.

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison on Thursday defended the government's decision to spend 122 million Australian dollars (96.3 million US dollars) on a postal vote to help the government decide the future of same-sex marriage.

Trevor Winton said: "Who's got a decent argument against gay marriage that's not bible related?"

Related News:

Most liked

Amid Article 35-A row, Mehbooba calls on Farooq Abdullah
India's Attorney-General KK Venugopal has told the Supreme Court that the Indian government wants a larger debate on the Article. The point being that the change will let Hindus settle down in the state.

PJ Fleck surprises Minnesota kicker with scholarship shot from T-shirt cannon
He introduces Kyle Tanner, who's recovering from a bone marrow transplant, and asks him about his favorite player. Juenemann is a redshirt senior who hasn't seen game action for the Gophers in his three years on the team.

Testimony ends for day in Swift groping case
Mueller testified on Tuesday that he may have made incidental physical contact with Swift, perhaps brushing her arm or torso. Coomer was the person who talked with Bell that night about what Swift said happened then relayed the information to Call.

EU Council expands sanctions against North Korea
Congressman Dan Kildee of MI was in South Korea wehn the North Korean regime tested another missile. He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.

Library to distribute eclipse glasses August 13
And a lunar eclipse, or an eclipse of the moon, occurs more often and can be seen by so many more people than a solar eclipse . Depending on the location, the totality will last anywhere from a few seconds to two minutes and 41 seconds.

West Ham Makes Club Record Bid for William Carvalho
In total, he scored 13 of his 37 Premier League goals at Old Trafford adding another 16 in domestic and European cup competitions on home ground.

NY high school student dies after injury at football practice
No school officials, coaches or teammates commented to the AP at the time the story was published. A person at his home declined to speak with reporters.

NYPD Officer Shot In Cypress Hills, Standoff With Suspect Continues
It was not clear what kind of weapon the suspect used to shoot Nguyen, but authorities later recovered two guns at the scene. Police sources told NY1 that an armed man appears to be barricaded inside a house at the location.

Snap Shares Hit New All-Time Low
Shares fell almost 8 percent to below $13 at one point in after-hours trading after closing at $13.77, up 21 cents on the day. The company reported ($2.31) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of ($2.05) by $0.26.

Bank of England says animal fat will stay in banknotes
The bank says it will continue to issue polymer notes that contain tallow, a rendered form of animal fat. The Bank made the decision despite 88% of respondents being against the use of animal-derived additives.

Immigration Bill Could Jeopardize Future of Home Health Care Workforce
About 45 percent of voters in the poll believe that H-1B visa workers generally help the USA economy. We would grant there always will be some need for manual labor, but proportions are important.

Scientists Hit Breakthrough In Quest To Transplant Pig Organs Into Humans
Next, the company needs to make sure it can consistently replicate virus-free pigs, which it's already well on its way to doing. Alternatively, human cells populating the germline of an animal could enable human genes to pass onto offspring.

CNN fires Jeffrey Lord over what it calls a 'Nazi salute'
Media Matters for America quickly spiked the football Thursday afternoon, leading its homepage with a stylized image of Mr. Media Matters urged its supporter to pressure advdertisers on Hannity's program to withdraw their support.

US missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 1 cent to $49.18 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The 30-year Treasury bond rose 27/32 in price to yield 2.8252 per cent, from 2.867 per cent late on Tuesday.

IPhone 8 can mute notifications by just looking at it
No iPhone S series this year? Gruber frequently interviews Apple executives and has made several accurate predictions in the past. Apple is apparently biding its time, trying to take the best decision for the iPhone 8 , but that reflects on suppliers as well.