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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 23:05

Australia: The Number Of Votes Required For The Plebiscite On The Equal Marriage To Be Held Could Not Be Reached

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In Australia, we are more in doubt than ever! Indeed, elections are ongoing and we do not know yet the final result, but whatever the winner unfortunately it might lack the votes to advance marriage equality.

Remember, recently we were talking about marriage equality in Australia and the agenda that the government planned: first, the elections; and if the government being re-elected, it would hold a plebiscite on the issue of equal marriage, before eventually moving a vote perhaps during the next year.

A plebiscite unlike a referendum does not lead to a law. When making a referendum, the government asks voters to vote yes or no on a specific issue, automatically resulting in a law. Clearly, voters vote in place of legislators.

A plebiscite is simply when the government asks voters their opinion on an issue.

In Australia, to organize the plebiscite, a law needs to be changed and that is the whole problem.

It seems that Malcolm Turnbull, now Prime Minister, does not have the required number of votes, even within his party, in favor of changing the law if re-elected to his position of head of government.

For his part, Bill Shorten, Labor, would not, if elected, have the number of votes needed to push a bill on equal marriage too, even if he said want to pass it within 100 days after the elections.

So be aware that the supporters of equal marriage do not want the plebiscite, first for economic reasons-because, in fact, this plebiscite will be very expensive; then because it is totally unnecessary as many polls have shown in recent years that Australians were largely in favor of equal marriage; and finally because they do not want people to judge whether our LGBTQ families have the right to exist, they do exist.

Others, however, argue that the plebiscite could be a first step towards the organization of a vote on equal marriage.

As usual, we are completely in doubt and we have to wait for the election results at first.

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