Turn­bull ready to say ‘yes’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

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 said yes­ter­day he was not con­vinced tra­di­tional mar­riage pro­po­nents had lost the de­bate and was last night hop­ing for a “no” vote.

The ABS 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 to be in­tro­duced to­day and be de­bated from to­mor­row.

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