Bishop backs change

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

ACT­ING Prime Min­ster Julie Bishop is leav­ing her op­tions open about WA col­league Sen­a­tor Dean Smith’s same-sex mar­riage Bill but backs over­all change that she says ap­pears in­creas­ingly likely.

“And if the ‘Yes’ vote gets up I will fa­cil­i­tate the pas­sage of a Bill, but whether it’s Dean’s or a vari­a­tion it’s too early to say,” Ms Bishop said af­ter a beach run at North Cottes­loe Surf Life­sav­ing Club yes­ter­day.

Ms Bishop said she ex­pected the same-sex mar­riage ‘Yes’ postal vote to suc­ceed in her elec­torate of Curtin. Her el­e­va­tion to the na­tion’s top job for four days was caused by for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce be­ing ex­cluded from of­fice by a High Court de­ci­sion on his de­fault New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Act­ing Prime Min­ster Julie Bishop at the Blue Duck on Mon­day.

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