Bill Shorten takes to parliament in bid to pass sa...

Bill Shorten takes to parliament in bid to pass same-sex marriage bill

Labor party leader, Bill Shorten has introduced new legislation to parliament with an aim to legalise same-sex marriage. This movement from the opposition has come after criticism to the coalition’s original plans to run a plebiscite over the issue.

The proposed plebiscite which would entice a national vote, means that there will potentially be nationally funded ‘yes’ and ‘no’ case campaigns in regards to the issue. Mr Shorten warning the parliament that,

The true cost of a plebiscite is far greater than $160 million. Putting the question of marriage equality to a national vote risks providing a platform for prejudice and a megaphone for hate speech” 

Let me be as blunt as possible: a ‘no’ campaign would be an emotional torment for gay teenagers, and if one child commits suicide over the plebiscite, then that is one too many.”

A similar bill has also been presented to the House of Representatives by Greens MP, Adam Bandt who said,

If we all work together, we have a real chance to pass marriage equality though Parliament sooner rather than later without a divisive and wasteful plebiscite”.

The news comes as Malcolm Turnbull hits his one year anniversary of being Prime Minister after overtaking Tony Abbott for the position. However celebrations are out of question, with Shorten questioning Turnbull’s initial support of the issue of marriage equality.

Watch Mr. Shorten take to Parliament with his proposed bill.