Like its Tasmanian predecessor, the marriage plebiscite has been engineered by the leader’s intransigent opponents.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
Michelle Grattan and Nicholas Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Bill Shorten has promised an all-out effort to promote a yes vote, while continuing to attack the ballot.
While Bill Shorten has little at risk, his campaigning on same-sex marriage could come to Malcolm Turnbull's aid.
For the ABS, even the basic task of sending out ballot papers will not be straightforward.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Malcolm Turnbull has bought himself immediate relief from the backbench revolt.
When it comes to the Liberals and same-sex marriage, each “solution” seems to lead to a new problem. Tony Abbott’s plebiscite became bad news for Malcolm Turnbull; now Turnbull’s postal vote – to ask people…
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
This is a potent slogan, although there is a deeply conservative undertone to the idea that love always requires marriage.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
At Monday’s meeting of nearly two hours, only Warren Entsch reserved his right to cross the floor.
Having lit the match that fired same-sex marriage back onto the government’s immediate agenda, the five Liberal rebels have left Malcolm Turnbull with a dangerously smouldering issue that will burn on…
Mathias Cormann said the government was confident it had a legal and constitutional way to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage.
If the Senate as expected rejects the same-sex marriage plebiscite again, the government will move to a voluntary postal ballot.
Malcolm Turnbull increased his better prime minister rating from 43% to 46%, while Bill Shorten declined from 32% to 31%.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into Monday's meeting on same-sex marriage with no good option, in political terms, for dealing with the deep schism in the Liberals.
Malcolm Turnbull has called a special Liberal Party meeting for Monday afternoon.
Even acknowledging that Australia is lagging internationally and that same-sex marriage should have been delivered yesterday, the implosion around the issue is extraordinary.
Politics podcast: Tiernan Brady on same-sex marriage showdown.
Tiernan Brady, a leader of the successful 'Yes' campaign on same-sex marriage in Ireland, has been working with activists in Australia to get marriage equality over the line.
Warren Entsch said he was astounded and offended by a letter sent to Queensland LNP members attacking MPs who publicly support same-sex marriage.
The five Liberal rebels are not ruling out crossing the floor to try to force a parliamentary vote.
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday reaffirmed the government’s policy for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
The marriage row has seen critics floating speculation about the risk to Malcolm Turnbull if he can't contain the revolt.
Peter Dutton casts himself as championing freedom of speech.
Peter Dutton has advised Alan Joyce and other business executives who have written to Malcolm Turnbull urging action on same-sex marriage to “stick to their knitting”. It’s advice some in the government…
The plebiscite has been defeated, but the fight to end discrimination against gay couples who want to marry will continue.
Now that same-sex marriage will not be put to a national vote, it is up to the Prime Minister to ensure that marriage equality is written into law.
Western Australian Liberal Dean Smith broke ranks with his colleagues, opposing parliament outsourcing a decision on same-sex marriage.
The Senate has put to the sword the ill-fated plebiscite, killed by a remarkable combination of supporters and opponents of changing the law to allow gay people to marry. It was defeated on Monday night…
Speculation has fallen on whether Labor will maintain its planned policy of enforcing a binding vote on marriage equality.
A contentious move by George Brandis to restrict access to legal advice from the solicitor-general is continuing to raise controversy and questions about its legal validity.
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday refused to say what he’ll do after the Senate rejects the plebiscite legislation.
Those same-sex couples who want to get married soon have fallen victim to a particularly intense and cynical political power struggle. The push to accord a simple right to people who – for goodness sake…