Greens pushing for marriage equality vote in the Senate this week
Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is pushing for parliament to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage this week.
Simms announced today he will be pushing for the Labor Party to use their private senators’ time on Thursday to all the Greens to move for a debate on their marriage equality bill.
“This matter has been debated in the community and the parliament for years, it’s time for a vote,” Simms said.
Simms is hoping a successful vote in the senate will prompt the PM to allow a conscience vote in parliament for Coalition members.
“We hope the ALP will seize this opportunity to finally let the Senate have its say on this matter. Over the next 48 hours we hope Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will reconsider his position and finally grant his party a free vote so marriage equality can become a reality.”
The Greens move follows repeated calls by the Opposition leader Bill Shorten for the government to abandon the plebiscite to allow a free vote on the issue and on the heels of modelling by PricewaterhouseCooper which suggested the true cost of the plebiscite would be half a billion dollars.