Postal plebiscite on gay union
AUSTRALIANS will be asked by post in October to voluntarily vote on gay marriage under a Turnbull Government plan to get the issue off the agenda by the end of the year.
The Government will reintroduce its failed plebiscite to amend the Marriage Act into the Senate this week, after a group of gay marriage supporters forced the issue at a special Liberal Party room meeting yesterday.
But with the likelihood the Bill will fail in its current form, the Government will move to a non- compulsory, non- binding postal plebiscite, which will ask Australians to vote on the issue in October.
Results would be expected in November and if the majority voted in favour of marriage equality, a free vote would be held in Parliament in early December. If it failed, the Government would not facili- tate laws to legalise same- sex marriage.
Last night, Queensland MP Warren Entsch, who has campaigned on marriage equality for 15 years, signalled he would hold off pulling the trigger on a co- sponsored, gay marriage Private Member’s Bill.
Government tacticians view this as the best solution that will enable a start to 2018 without distractions on gay marriage.