Turnbull ready to say ‘yes’
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.