Mar­riage vote high­lights gulf

Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS -

SEARCH teams con­tin­ued to pull bod­ies from oblit­er­ated neigh­bour­hoods in the earth­quake and tsunami stricken In­done­sian city of Palu yes­ter­day as more in­ter­na­tional aid ar­rived and hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers fanned out across the coun­try­side.

Vic­tims in black body bags of the na­tional search and res­cue agency were ar­ranged in a row at the crum­pled Palu neigh­bour­hood of Balaroa, des­tined for a mass grave.

The Septem­ber 28 earth­quake and tsunami killed at least 1571 peo­ple and swept away build­ings along kilo­me­tres of coast­line.

The United Na­tions Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs said that $50.5 mil­lion was re­quired to de­liver “im­me­di­ate, life­sav­ing” aid. A Ja­panese mil­i­tary air­craft landed at Palu’s air­port yes­ter­day, un­load­ing medicines and small por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tors. AP ROMANIANS have be­gun to vote in a ref­er­en­dum on a nar­row def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage that the rul­ing So­cial Democrats hope will re-en­er­gise sup­port among the Or­tho­dox Chris­tian pop­u­la­tion.

Nearly 19 mil­lion peo­ple are en­ti­tled to vote in the ref­er­en­dum to al­ter the constitution and de­fine mar­riage ex­plic­itly as be­tween a man and woman, rather than sim­ply “spouses”.

The “yes” vote is widely ex­pected to win, with a new poll show­ing as many as 90 per cent of peo­ple in favour, high­light­ing a gulf in so­cial at­ti­tudes be­tween East­ern and Western Europe.

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