George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate.
The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
The LGBTI community fears the nastiness a plebiscite on marriage equality could bring forth.
The push for marriage equality is not just about walking down the aisle in matching outfits; it's become a potent symbol of equality and acceptance.
Tanya Plibersek and Bill Shorten in the lower house after introducing a same-sex marriage bill on Monday.
Public funding will further reduce the prospect of a marriage plebiscite being held.
The Senate chamber looking bare during parliamentary business on Monday.
The Turnbull government was caught out by not having any legislation for the Senate to consider.
At the end of the first sitting week of parliament, Labor caught the government flat-footed and without a majority in the House of Representatives.
In the first sitting of the new parliament, conservatives within the government have muscled a proposed amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act onto the agenda.
Free speech on an issue is a constructive idea, providing it is practised with responsibility.
Freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything to anyone, regardless of the damage it does – an important consideration in the debate over a same-sex marriage plebiscite.
A minister of religion is not obliged to solemnise any marriage.
Ministers of religion who support marriage equality would be able to challenge the Marriage Act in the High Court. They would stand a good chance of winning.
Since retiring from politics in 2012, former Greens leader Bob Brown has continued to offer sharp perspectives on issues of national debate.
Bob Brown said that while a plebiscite was the wrong way to go, without it ‘I think that down the line there’s three more years of waiting’.
Former Greens leader Bob Brown has said the door should be kept open for a plebiscite if that is the only way of achieving same-sex marriage in the foreseeable future.
Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients.
Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
Richard Di Natale said the best way of ensuring marriage equality was through a parliamentary vote.
The government's plebiscite on same-sex marriage is unlikely to get off the ground, with the Greens announcing they will vote against its establishment.
The government and Labor have offered up competing packages of budget savings. The question of whether they can meet halfway will be a test for both sides.
Incoming Victorian senator Derryn Hinch has the potential to be an ally or an enemy to the government's agenda.
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
Bill Shorten has proposed specific changes to the budget's controversial superannuation reforms, which have been under attack from the conservatives in the Coalition ranks.
Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them.
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
Colin Barnett opposes a plebiscite on same-sex marriage being held close to next year’s WA state election.
Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite on same-sex marriage has run into new problems, with the Australian Electoral Commission recommending it should be delayed until next year.
Twenty countries in our region have laws criminalising sex between consenting males.
Our inward focus on marriage equality means Australia is largely absent from efforts to increase respect for LGBTI people in our region.
How likely is it that the Turnbull government, with its tiny majority, will make seriously hard decisions?
For the more modest aim of delivering steady, competent government – well, it's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull is raging.
The plebiscite on whether Australia should legalise same-sex marriage is constitutionally unnecessary.
It's the plebiscite Australia doesn't have to have. But if the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, how should it be designed?