Court action against Australia gay marriage postal vote

"At the last election, we made a very clear promise to the Australian people that we would not facilitate the introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage until the Australian people had had their say", Turnbull said in a press conference on Tuesday prior to the plebiscite effort falling short.

Around 14 per cent of young people aged between 18 and 24 are not now enrolled, according to the latest data from the Australian Electoral Commission. Challenging the postal vote would avert the "human cost" of LGBTI people hearing debate about "whether or not [their identity] is worthwhile and whether they deserve equal rights", he said.

"I think it keeps faith with the Australian people at a time when people are more nervous than they've ever been about the integrity of the parliament", Mr Broad said yesterday.

A The overall cost will be A$122 million (S$131 million).

If the Senate again blocks the plebiscite, the government intends to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite by November 15.

Senator Cormann will put a motion for a vote on the full plebiscite today.

Australians who want a say in the upcoming postal plebiscite on same sex marriage have two weeks to register their interest, and make sure their details are correct on the electoral roll. In the case of a "no" vote, rebel Liberal MPs may still attempt to take action.

Expect a LOT of noise over the postal vote in the coming days.

But Malcolm Turnbull's government made an election pledge to hold a plebiscite and he plans to send the legislation back to the Senate as early as this week.

"This ain't a respectful debate already".

Aside from the legal threat, the Turnbull Government is facing pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby.

Many gay rights campaigners agree and instead favour a free vote among MPs in parliament, with politicians not restricted to party policy.

He said he wasn't against same-sex unions but he opposed changing the definition of marriage. Pictured here with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. Cory Bernardi, leader of the minor Australian Conservatives party, to present to the Senate.

The government on Tuesday endorsed the party decision to ask the Senate this week to reconsider allowing the plebiscite, which would be held November 25. A nationwide plebiscite to decide the issue is expected before the end of the year.

A free vote would then be held in Parliament after the government receives the results of the postal vote.

Some lawmakers argue the issue could be resolved with a simple vote in Parliament, but Turnbull's government seeks to gauge public support first.

Senator Wong, who is in a same-sex relationship, said many in the Liberal- Nationals coalition could not countenance equality and were never going to change their minds whatever the result of the poll.

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