GAY MAR­RIAGE Re­sults of same-sex union sur­vey to be re­vealed to­day



MAL­COLM Turn­bull is pre­par­ing to front the Aus­tralian pub­lic to­day to cel­e­brate a “yes” vote to gay mar­riage.

“The poll­sters will re­ally be rocked if there isn’t,” Mr Turn­bull trum­peted yes­ter­day while dis­miss­ing calls for greater pro­tec­tions for those against gay mar­riage.

But as key front­benchers and back­benchers ex­pressed un­of­fi­cial cau­tious ju­bi­la­tion, sev­eral con­ser­va­tives against gay equal­ity were last night plan­ning tac­tics to “help save” tra­di­tional mar­riage.

It comes as Queens­lan­der Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van told The Courier-Mail yes­ter­day he was not con­vinced tra­di­tional mar­riage pro­po­nents had lost the de­bate and was last night hop­ing for a “no” vote.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics will re­lease the out­come of the eight mil­lion votes at 9am Queens­land time, break­ing the vote down to elec­torate level, mean­ing par­lia­men­tar­i­ans will face pres­sure to mir­ror their con­stituents’ wishes when a pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill is in­tro­duced to­day.

West Aus­tralian sen­a­tor Dean Smith yes­ter­day gave no­tice he would move for his pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill on gay mar­riage to be in­tro­duced to­day and be de­bated from to­mor­row.

It is un­der­stood the Govern­ment, which does not sup­port a ri­val Bill with fur­ther pro­tec­tions for those against gay mar­riage, wants po­ten­tial amend­ments to Sen­a­tor Smith’s Bill put for­ward in the Se­nate – so it can be ticked and flicked in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives next fort­night.

Con­ser­va­tive and for­mer Ab­bott min­is­ter Eric Abetz said ex­tra pro­tec­tion was needed. “The un­for­tu­nate his­tory in the United King­dom and else­where is ... we’ve got a real life ex­am­ple, with a Jewish girls school in the United King­dom hav­ing its regis­tra­tion threat­ened be­cause it was not will­ing to teach to pri­mary school girls the ho­mo­sex­ual agenda and the trans­gen­der agenda that the govern­ment thought was now ap­pro­pri­ate given that same-sex mar­riage had been leg­is­lated in the United King­dom,’’ Sen­a­tor Abetz told Sky News yes­ter­day.

“And to sug­gest that it won’t hap­pen, with re­spect, is to ig­nore his­tory, the re­cent events in a very sim­i­lar coun­try and constituency like our own namely the United King­dom.

“A def­i­nite ex­am­ple that can­not be pushed aside and we’ve got to pro­tect against this and if Sen­a­tor (Si­mon) Birm­ing­ham is of that view (that is a false premise), he will have no dif­fi­culty in sup­port­ing Sen­a­tor (James) Pater­son’s leg­is­la­tion, which would guar­an­tee that which he prom­ises.”

Mal­colm Turn­bull, who has re­turned to Aus­tralia af­ter over­seas sum­mits, said yes­ter­day there was no need for ex­tra safe­guards that would em­bolden dis­crim­i­na­tion against gay Aus­tralians.

“I don’t be­lieve Aus­tralians would wel­come, and cer­tainly the Govern­ment would not coun­te­nance the mak­ing le­gal dis­crim­i­na­tion that is un­law­ful to­day,” Mr Turn­bull said.

“The fact is that as­sum­ing there is a yes vote – the poll- within the

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