Same-sex marriage plebiscite fails in the Senate

The federal government’s plans for a same-sex marriage plebiscite have been shelved, with the legislation defeated in the Senate.

The proposal, which would have enabled a national vote, was defeated 33 votes to 29 late on Monday night.

Labor, Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and independent Derryn Hinch opposed it.


Liberal backbencher Dean Smith was absent from the chamber, after earlier speaking out against the idea.

True to form, One Nation’s Pauline Hanson raised eyebrows after questioning why same-sex couples would want to marry, insisting it’s not all it’s cracked up to be having done it twice.

“Why do you have to take the word ‘marriage’ which was defined between a man and a woman?” she told parliament.

“If you truly love someone do you really need to have that certificate that says you’re married?”

She also said she was “sick and tired of adhering to the minorities”.