Labor to introduce same-sex marriage bill

Labor to introduce same-sex marriage bill

The Federal Opposition has announced it is moving a bill on same sex marriage in the lower house of parliament, with some MPs predicting it will pass by the end of the year.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last night he will introduce a bill to the House of Representatives next week, to be seconded by Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek.

The announcement came just hours after the Greens announced they would introduce a private members bill to the Senate on June 18, with the hope of going to a vote on November 12.

But without the support of the Coalition, Labor’s bill will not pass, and Mr Shorten is urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

He says he knows there are some Labor MPs who do not support marriagr equality, but says all parliamentarian should be allowed to vote based on their own beliefs.

“I know this private members bill will not have the universal support of my colleagues,” Mr Shorten said.

“It will challenge the deeply held personal beliefs of MPs and senators on both sides of politics.

“This is why Labor members have the freedom to vote their conscience, a freedom Tony Abbott is currently denying his party.”

Mr Abbott has been questioned on the issue during a press conference in Canberra this morning.

He has promised a full, frank, candid and decent debate within the Liberal partyroom.

Meanwhile Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he predicts the parliament will legalise same-sex marriage before the end of the year

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NRN Bulletin 4/10/12

9am NRN bulletin for Thursday 4th October 2012