Conservative MPs aim to kill off marriage equality bill

Conservative MPs aim to kill off marriage equality bill

Conservative members of the Federal government have slammed their colleagues and the Labor party, for the agreement on a cross-party bill on same-sex marriage.

It was announced yesterday, Liberal backbenchers Warren Entcsh and Teresa Gambaro will introduce a private members bill to parliament next month, to be seconded by Labor MP Terri Butler.

But Liberal frontbencher Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has described the move as an “ambush”, and has criticised a decision to allow Independent MP Cathy McGowan to co-sponsor the bill.

“Why are we giving her a platform? We have just started a campaign to win her seat [of Indi] back,” she said.

Government Whip Andrew Nikolic says it is a poor attempt by someone to generate momentum on an issue, where there is none.

“Anyone who thinks this should be prioritised over economic or national security issues has got rocks in their head and is totally misreading the needs of the Australian people,” he said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott also put the brakes on the issue yesterday, noting it is very rare for a private members bill to even go to a vote in parliament.

Meanwhile the leader of the Government in the Senate, Eric Abetz, has accused the media of blowing the issue out of proportion, denying there is majority support in parliament.

He has also told Sky News changing the Marriage Act could lead to a range of possibilities, like polyamory.

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