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Labor has announced it will vote down all amendments to Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, including those proposed by George Brandis. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Labor is right to block ‘religious freedom’ amendments to protect same-sex marriage bill

Labor has announced it will not support any amendments to the Dean Smith same-sex marriage bill, including an amendment proposed by George Brandis. Here's why it is right to do so.
Amendments proposed to the same-sex marriage legislation would wind back a lot of the gains made under anti-discrimination laws. Unsplash/Zelle Duda

Conservative amendments to same-sex marriage bill would make Australia’s laws the world’s weakest

An analysis of of countries that allow same-sex marriage shows that the proposed amendments to the Dean Smith bill, if allowed, would still enshrine much discrimination.
There is a big question over whether Malcolm Turnbull can keep control of the same-sex marriage debate. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Showdown on same-sex marriage looming within the Liberals

If the push for change lost in the Liberal party room, would the rebels abide by the decision, or would they cross the floor when, for example, there was a move by Labor for a vote in parliament?
Barnaby Joyce believes local government must make more effort if they want a “yes” vote at the referendum. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Battling the referendum naysayers

It might be the mickey mouse part of September 14 but the referendum to recognise local government in the constitution will be a fascinating case study of what happens to a view held by the public when…