Philip Ruddock is an opponent of a bill of rights.
Former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed by Malcolm Turnbull to do a 'stocktake' of Australia's religious freedoms.
Christopher Pyne announces that the government will cancel next week’s House of Representatives sitting.
Malcolm Turnbull's tactic of cancelling the House of Representatives' sitting next week is a short-sighted decision that smacks of lack of nerve.
Revellers celebrate the ‘yes’ result of the same-sex marriage postal ballot in Sydney.
What's still missing in the religious freedoms debate is any clarity around what people think they won't be able to do, or where the existing laws are likely to fail to protect them.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Trevor Evans, Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson congratulate Dean Smith following the second reading of his marriage bill.
Despite its dubious ancestry, the popular vote on same-sex marriage has done its job, delivering an overall majority and majorities in all states and territories.
Mathias Cormann and Malcolm Turnbull address the ‘yes’ result.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to continue to stare down the conservative forces in his government, because what they are demanding is prejudiced and discriminatory.
It is conceivable that ‘no’ campaigners never believed their views would prevail in public opinion.
Churches have been exempt from sex discrimination laws for years – now those opposed to same-sex marriage want that exemption to be extended to individuals.
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Melbourne celebrate the ‘yes’ result.
The same-sex marriage ballot was strongly carried in all states and territories, and won in all but 17 of the 150 electorates.
As the legal battle heats up, James Paterson’s bill demonstrates an unconscionable misunderstanding about the indivisibility of human rights.
Now that the battle for marriage equality has been won, the fight over the legislation to enable it will heat up.
An Australian Bureau of Statistics postal vote for marriage law reform, yes or no.
AAP Image/Sam Mooy
Plenty of debate on Twitter about the marriage reform survey, and data from that can be crunched to predict the result. So what is it?
Politics Podcast: Tiernan Brady and Cory Bernardi reflect on the marriage postal ballot.
Equality Campaign executive director Tiernan Brady and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi reflect on the marriage postal ballot campaign.
While fear suppresses talk about dying, marriage equality involves sex.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
Opinion polls are pointing strongly to a win for the ‘yes’ campaign.
The ABS, in its update on Tuesday, said it estimated it had now received 10 million ballots.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
All the public polls so far suggest a victory for the Yes side.
The same-sex marriage postal ballot is headed for a very high return rate, with an estimated 9.2 million forms returned by last Friday.
This pamphlet, authorised by the Australian Conservatives, was received in a letter box in a Victorian suburb in September.
'Vote No' campaign material distributed by the Australian Conservatives claims that if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Safe Schools program will be 'mandatory in schools'. We looked at the facts.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
A video has been released with Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances promoting the Yes case.
AAP/Australian Marriage Equality
Like millions of others, I received an SMS at the weekend from the “Yes” campaign for the marriage ballot. It said: The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote YES for a…
The same-sex marriage postal ballot forms have been posted to Australians on the electoral roll.
There is a strong and statistically significant association between respondents’ cognitive ability and their support for equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.