« Back to Publications

Same-sex marriage: Federal Government to hold plebiscite by year’s end if re-elected

The ABC’s Stephanie Anderson reports (6.3.16) on federal Attorney-General, George Brandis’s, announcement that, if re-elected, the coalition government would hold a public plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage by the end of this year.

However, as reported on the ABC later the same day, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to commit to the deadline.

‘Same-sex marriage could be a reality in Australia by the end of the year, contingent on the result of two public votes.

‘The Federal Government will hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage by the end of the year, if re-elected.

‘Attorney-General George Brandis confirmed the timing for the public vote today, adding it would be legislated by the end of the year if the public voted in favour of change.

‘Senator Brandis told Sky News he believed the plebiscite would be carried, meaning that if the public voted yes, Parliament would follow.

‘But he said it would be understandable if some politicians maintained their stance against the change.’

The TJRyan Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any information or material available on this website. The TJRyan Foundation reserves the right to change information or material on this website at any time without notice. Links from this site to external, non-TJRyan Foundation websites should not be construed as implying any relationship with and/or endorsement of the external site or its content by the TJR Foundation, nor any commercial relationship with the owners of any external site. Should any TJRyan research project be funded by an individual or organisation the source of funding will be stated beside the research report. In all other cases contributions are provided on a pro bono basis.
Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about new articles

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.