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Tuesday’s Newspoll showed dissatisfaction with Malcolm Turnbull on 52% compared with his satisfaction level of 34%. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull surrounded by trouble – left, right and centre

The government is “approaching this term with optimism”, according to the governor-general’s speech opening parliament. This is good to hear, because a more pessimistic character than Malcolm Turnbull…
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’. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Bob Brown supports marriage plebiscite as a last resort

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. Joel Carrett/AAP

Albanese warns Labor over clean energy supplement in omnibus bill

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. AAP/Mal Fairclough

Same-sex marriage plebiscite appears doomed

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.
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten offers deal on super while hardening stand on plebiscite

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: what is parliament’s role in the marriage equality debate?

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. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Colin Barnett says same-sex marriage should be settled by parliament

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.

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