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Former prime minister Julia Gillard said she had been so concerned about the same-sex marriage plebiscite that she changed the topic of her speech. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Gillard does U-turn on same sex marriage

Former prime minister Julia Gillard has switched her position to now favour same-sex marriage.
The application for royal commissioner Dyson Heydon to quit follows his acceptance of a invitation to deliver the Garfield Barwick address. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon puts off ruling on apprehended bias

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon has delayed his decision on union applications that he stand down on the grounds of "apprehended bias".
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon’s position is untenable, according to Labor Senate leader Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon will consider bias claims on Friday

The ACTU will ask the royal commissioner into trade union corruption, Dyson Heydon, to disqualify himself – an application he will hear on Friday.
Attorney-General George Brandis has slapped down the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cabinet ministers brawl over same-sex marriage popular vote

Ministerial divisions have broken spectacularly into the open over whether Tony Abbott's proposed popular vote on same-sex marriage should be a plebiscite or a constitutional referendum.
Victorian MP Tony Smith has been elected speaker by the Liberal party room. Lukas Coch/AAP

New Speaker Tony Smith promises a less partisan approach

Victorian Liberal Tony Smith has convincingly won his party's ballot for speaker and outlined to the House of Representatives his plans to improve the operation of what has been a chaotic parliament.