UPDATE @ 2.20pm: THE same-sex marriage postal survey will go ahead next month, after the High Court threw out two challenges against it.
During question time in Federal Parliament today, the full bench ruled that the Turnbull government’s method of funding the $122 million postal vote was within the constitution.
Moments after the decision was handed down, Prime Minister Turnbull made a passionate plea to parliament.
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“Lucy and I will be voting yes and I will be encouraging others to vote yes, but … above all, I encourage every Australian to have their say because unlike the leader of the opposition I respect every Australian’s view on this matter,” Mr Turnbull said.
The printed ballots will be sent out in the mail from Tuesday.
The High Court decision comes after two groups of same-sex marriage advocates launched legal action against the government in a bid to stop the postal vote.
They argued that the government did not have the legal authority to bypass parliament in funding the survey.
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EARLIER @ 6.45am: The High Court will hand down its decision in the legal battle over the same-sex marriage postal vote today.
Two groups of same-sex marriage advocates launched legal action against the government in court this week in a bid to stop the postal vote.
They’re arguing that the government did not have the legal authority to bypass parliament in funding the $122 million survey.
The Turnbull Government says they plan on funding the survey using the Appropriation Act, as the expenditure is “urgent” and “unforeseen”.
The final decision is expected to be handed down during Question time in Federal Parliament around 2.15pm today.