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Government confident of winning High Court challenge against marriage survey

September 6, 2017

‘The Government is publicly exuding confidence about its chances of winning the High Court challenge against its same-sex marriage postal vote. But in the backrooms of Parliament House, Coalition MPs are quietly plotting their next move should the court shoot … read more

Postal survey on same-sex marriage ‘unique and offensive’, high court told

September 6, 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has no authority to hold the Coalition’s “unique and offensive” postal vote on same-sex marriage, lawyers have told the high court on the first day of a landmark legal challenge. Barristers for critics of the … read more

‘Costly and divisive’: Same-sex marriage postal vote faces legal showdown

September 6, 2017

‘The Turnbull government’s same-sex marriage postal vote hangs in the balance, with the High Court told that the government does not have the authority to spend $122 million of taxpayer funds on the survey. ‘In a move that could stop ballots from being issued … read more

Same-sex marriage survey funded by ‘executive fiat’ is illegal

September 5, 2017

‘Public Interest Advocacy Centre CEO Jonathon Hunyor doesn’t usually like a media circus, but he can make an exception for the one surrounding the not-for-profit group’s challenge to the postal vote on same-sex marriage: it has got people talking about … read more

Same-sex marriage survey: imminent High Court defeat may be for best

September 5, 2017

‘If the weight of academic opinion is correct, the government’s strategy for dealing with same-sex marriage is about to suffer catastrophic defeat at the hands of the High Court. ‘And that could be a good thing…’

Third time’s the charm: Liberal MPs eye another try at failed plebiscite if postal vote rejected by High Court

September 5, 2017

‘Another bitter debate about same-sex marriage, a third attempt at the failed plebiscite, or even a backbench revolt could await the Turnbull government if the High Court kills off its plan for a postal survey this week. ‘With two days of … read more

Christine Forster denies family feud with Tony Abbott over same-sex marriage

August 11, 2017

‘…It comes as the High Court received two applications to stop the postal vote from going ahead, one by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre on behalf of Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie, advocate Felicity Marlowe and the Parents and Friends … read more

Challenge filed in court to Australian gay marriage ballot

August 11, 2017

‘CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay-rights advocates filed a court challenge Thursday to the government’s unusual plan to canvass Australians’ opinion on gay marriage next month, while a retired judge said he would boycott the survey as unacceptable…’

Marriage equality postal vote to be challenged in high court by Andrew Wilkie and advocates

August 10, 2017

‘The Coalition’s plan to hold a voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage will be challenged in the high court by Andrew Wilkie and marriage equality advocates. The challenge was announced on Wednesday by long-time LGBTI advocate, Rodney Croome, based on … read more

Wilkie’s lawyers lodge High Court challenge to same-sex marriage postal plebiscite

August 10, 2017

‘A High Court challenge has been lodged against the government’s $122 million postal plebiscite…’


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