Attorney-General George Brandis has slapped down the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage.
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.
Both major parties have had members involved in expenses scandals over the last week. Although these scandals would usually result in a “pox on both your houses” effect, this time Labor has been the clear…
Religious arguments in opposition to same-sex marriage have been less explicit in Australia’s current debate.
Prominent arguments against same-sex marriage have been based on history, tradition, human rights, and social scientific research into health and welfare. The role of religion has been less explicit.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s same-sex marriage plebiscite idea.
Tony Abbott is burnishing his lines for a popular vote on same-sex marriage in the next term, if he wins one. Abbott told parliament on Wednesday: “Going into the next election there will be two parties…
What options is Australia left with for same-sex marriage rights?
Tony Abbott raised several possibilities on Australia's road to achieving same-sex marriage. But the only way Australia will get there is through parliament.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces the media after a marathon Coalition joint party room meeting.
A ruthlessly determined Tony Abbott has got his way on same-sex marriage. Coalition MPs came out two to one in favour of the government’s current policy and against a free vote, in an extraordinary meeting…
A message to Tony Abbott is seen at floral arrangement in front of Parliament House in Canberra.
For the second time this year Liberal MPs have asserted themselves over their leader. Making it clear they wanted a contest for the speakership, with no attempted “captain’s pick”, was nothing like the…
Senators Cory Bernardi and Penny Wong faced off in a debate on same-sex marriage on Wednesday.
The same-sex marriage debate between senators Cory Bernardi and Penny Wong exposed four myths about marriage that have plagued recent debates worldwide.
Either Tony Abbott’s deep ideological and religious beliefs, or his fears of doing anything that weakens his support in the party’s right wing, are strongly driving him on same-sex marriage.
If Tony Abbott wants to defer indefinitely the issue of same-sex marriage, he really should come out and say so. As things stand, he seems just to be trifling with colleagues in the Liberal Party. The…
In a marriage, a man and a woman beget children who are ‘flesh of their flesh’.
The reality, for all intents and purposes in areas like the law, superannuation and dealing with financial matters, is that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
ALP infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese discusses the national conference with Michelle Grattan.
Michelle Grattan speaks with infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese about the ALP national conference and then with immigration spokesman Richard Marles about boat turnbacks.
Labor leader Bill Shorten addresses delegates during the final day of the ALP national conference.
Bill Shorten has emerged from the ALP's national conference looking more like an alternative prime minister than he did before.
Barnaby Joyce has been outspoken in opposition to a government decision to build a coal mine in his electorate of New England.
Collective responsibility – or cabinet solidarity – is an axiom of political prudence that has mutated into a constitutional convention of how ministers should behave.
Marriage is now the yardstick by which genuine acceptance of homosexuality is measured.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have turned the debate into one that is about far more than just extending the term "marriage" to already existing long-term relationships.
Cory Bernardi is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, saying children do best when they are raised by both a mother and a father.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, has said that "the very best thing" for the development of a child is to have a mum and a dad. What does the research say?
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s argument about same-sex marriage is improbable and even if it were not, it would be irrelevant.
the battle over same-sex marriage is taking on a strange nature
Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Critics are already seeing Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reaction to a cross-party same-sex marriage bill as Abbott going back on his word.
The prime minister is suddenly looking like a throwback to Tony Abbott, health minister, when he was fighting trenchantly against losing ministerial power over the abortion drug RU486.
The leak of the proposed same-sex marriage bill caught Prime Minister Tony Abbott by surprise.
Tony Abbott's office took quite a while to respond to Sky News' Wednesday report that a group of backbenchers from across the parliament planned to bring forward a gay marriage bill.
“No duh” was the reaction of some to the Supreme Court’s same-sex ruling.
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