Words by: Jon Davidson
Bill Shorten delivered the speech accompanying his submission of the same sex marriage amendment bill today, to a grand total of zero coalition member.
In his speech, Shorten asks that all key members of government – “We, the 44th Parliament” – to step up and support the change.
The change itself being put forward by Shorten is an amendment to the wording of existing legislation, where “man and woman” is to be changed to “two people”.
According to the ABC, Shorten declared that he was stirred by the recent referendum in Ireland.
However, the missing element of the entire Liberal party means that the debate has officially been adjourned. If the coalition continue to remain absent each time the bill is eligible for parliamentary discussion; the debate can officially be adjourned for an indefinite period, which is also known as “forever”.
This is likely because of Abbott’s determination to not have any change to existing legislation on marriage attributed to the Labor party, but rather Parliament as a whole.
The Prime Minister has declared that the change will come from a conscience vote, with multiple commentators declaring that this would infact be the most desirable way to arrive at marriage form.
Whether or not the depersonalization of political figures within broader societal issues is honestly what the coalition care abou,t or if they just want to ensure that Labor won’t get a boost in the polls, ultimately depends on who you talk to.
What the coalition are less cohesive on is the issue of citizenship rights for freedom fighters.
According to this report, Tony Abbott dodged questions today regarding the split cabinet last week which occurred following suggestions from the Prime Ministerial office to introduce the power to Immigration minister Peter Dutton to strip citizenship rights off Australians.
These powers would be aimed at preventing the ability of ‘freedom fighters’ to return to Australia after fighting, or Australians found guilty of otherwise soliciting terrorism.
According to this report, the move was not “formally” introduced into Parliament but still provoked a “number of leaks” to emerge from within Cabinet and or Parliament at large.
While Abbott and Dutton are reportedly still backing the plan along with miscellaneous backbenchers not awarded any immediate attribution in the press. Reportedly, thirty seven have signed a letter of support.
According to the ABC, a number of high-ranking coalition members whom have resisted the move are George Brandis, Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne and the Minister of Defence Kevin Andrews.