Government’s same-sex marriage plebiscite rejected by the Senate

UPDATE @ 11.00am: For the second time, the Senate has rejected the Turnbull Governments same-sex marriage plebiscite.

The postal vote is now likely to go ahead following the decision on Wednesday morning.

The postal plebiscite is expected to cost $122 million and would see ballot papers, asking Australians if they believe same-sex couples should marry, arriving in letter boxes by September 12.


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EARLIER @ Aug 9, 7.45am: The Turnbull government will resubmit their same-sex marriage plebiscite to the senate today.

It’s the second time the bill will be voted on by the Upper House.

If it is again rejected, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann revealed on Tuesday that a postal plebiscite will be put forward.

The postal vote is expected to cost $122 million and would see ballot papers, asking Australians if they believe same-sex couples should marry, arriving in letter boxes by September 12.

“Strong leaders carry out their promises. Weak leaders break them. I’m a strong leader,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra yesterday.

The postal vote will be run by the the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

EARLIER @ Aug 8, 7.50am: Debate continues in Canberra over same sex marriage, after the Liberal Party held a series of meetings on Monday.

Liberal MPs met for two hours last night, where they voted to put a plebiscite before Parliament for a second-time.

If the legislation fails to pass the Senate, a voluntary postal vote which would give Australians the option to vote for or against same sex marriage, would likely be the next step.

The government is committed to keep faith with the promise we made at the last election,” Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann told reporters.

“If that were to fail, the government believes that we have a legal and constitutional way forward to give the Australian people a say on whether or not the definition of marriage should be changed through a non-legislated, voluntary postal plebiscite”.

Sky News reports the postal plebiscite is likely to cost in excess of $40 million.

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