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    Can someone explain this to me please? What's happening, does it mean the marriage act was voted to change?
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...s-gay-marriage

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    The Federal Labor Party has voted to make an amended Marriage Act part of their policy platform.

    That means at some point the Govt will draft amendments to the Marriage Act allowing same sex marriage and then introduce them into the Parliament.

    The PM was successful in getting ALP support for a conscience vote in the issue rather than requiring MPs to vote in line with party position.

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    so it looks like it may actually happen then

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    It might, but as far as I can tell is that it also makes it a conscience vote, which means that members could vote against it without being kicked out of the Labor party. A number of Labor MPs have already said that they wouldn't support an amendment to the Marriage Act, so some Liberal members would need to cross the floor in order for it to pass (given the minority Government status).

    I'm really hoping this gets through

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    Hopefully a few liberal members do then.. This definitely deserves to pass

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    I think it's a fantastic strategic move.

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    The Coalition has not (at the moment) allowed a conscience vote for their members, so they will vote against this amendment in line with the party policy (the same policy that 149 of the 150 current MPs went to the last election with). Which means it will not make it through the lower house.

    This is just another example of how Gillard can backflip on a pre-election promise. It now just looks like she was only telling the electorate what she thought they wanted to hear - and doesn't really have any strong opinions about anything.

    I hope that this amendment will get strongly voted down - which I think it will. The government does not have a mandate for such a large social change.

    It will be interesting to see what now happens in the next Newspoll.

    Waiting for the attacks to come

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father View Post
    The Coalition has not (at the moment) allowed a conscience vote for their members, so they will vote against this amendment in line with the party policy (the same policy that 149 of the 150 current MPs went to the last election with). Which means it will not make it through the lower house.

    This is just another example of how Gillard can backflip on a pre-election promise. It now just looks like she was only telling the electorate what she thought they wanted to hear - and doesn't really have any strong opinions about anything.

    I hope that this amendment will get strongly voted down - which I think it will. The government does not have a mandate for such a large social change.

    It will be interesting to see what now happens in the next Newspoll.

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    Although strictly speaking the Coalition doesn't prohibit voting against the party line. The ALP will kick you out of the party, but the Coalition won't. Or at least the Liberal Party won't.

    Remember Ruddock crossing the floor in the 80s when John Howard was Opposition Leader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyB View Post
    Although strictly speaking the Coalition doesn't prohibit voting against the party line. The ALP will kick you out of the party, but the Coalition won't. Or at least the Liberal Party won't.

    Remember Ruddock crossing the floor in the 80s when John Howard was Opposition Leader?
    Yes that's right. As the 'liberal' party this is actually a strong core value of the party, that members aren't expected to always toe the party line.

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    Obviously the liberal party is different at the local council then! In Bris a local member from the Lib party was kicked out by Can-Do Campbell for not "toeing the line" and voting against the party. How dare a person elected by the people actually vote for what the PEOPLE wanted!! That was almost two years ago and the member is still being victimised and bullied by Libs on a regular basis!

    I really hope the changes to the marriage act go through.


 
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