Edging closer to the election, Bill Shorten has promised that legalising same-sex marriage would be his government’s number one priority in Parliament, stating a bill to amend the Marriage Act will be his first piece of legislation passed.
Mr Shorten said: “The first piece of legislation I introduce into the 45th Parliament will be a bill to amend the marriage act, a simple change. The words “a man and a woman” are replaced with “two people”, no $160 million plebiscite, no hurtful, hateful government-sponsored advertising campaign for us,” he said.
He is referring to the proposed plebiscite the Liberal government plans on executing, which is controversially non-binding and may not actually lead to any real change in legislature, despite its cost to tax payers.
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