United Nations criticises Australia's refusal to let gay couples divorce

  • United Nations criticises Australia's refusal to let gay couples divorce

United Nations criticises Australia's refusal to let gay couples divorce

Around 14 per cent of young people aged between 18 and 24 are not now enrolled, according to the latest data from the Australian Electoral Commission.

If you have not registered before then you will not be able to vote in September when the postal votes are sent out.

The Australian government has been forced to adopt its Plan B on same-sex marriage - a postal vote - after the Senate rejected a second bid for a compulsory plebiscite.

But a fellow federal Liberal MP pushing for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage rejected Abbott's claim the issue is about political correctness.

On Thursday, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that if the postal vote is struck down by legal action, there won't be a vote on the issue in parliament. Results would be made public by November 25.

This measure failed Wednesday, after critics assailed the plebiscite's high cost to taxpapers ($160 million in US currency) and its potential to encourage antigay campaigning.

Constitutional law experts including George Williams and Anne Twomey have raised concerns about the postal vote. Boycotting the vote may just prolong the misery of Australians who deserve to be treated equally, and we've previously explained why donkey voting is a useless exercise.

The opposition, along with many gay rights campaigners, favours a free vote among MPs, with parliamentarians not bound by party policy.

While there was an attempt to introduce a plebiscite in late 2016, the Labor party voted against it.

By quite a way, the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite must count as one of the most baroque, convoluted, ad hoc responses to this social issue.

Australia has plans to hold a voluntary popular vote by post on legalising same-sex marriage.

The government was trying to restore the defeated legislation rather than putting it back to the lower house because it wasn't confident its own members would support it, Senator Wong said. "Please make the same decision on this occasion".

"That is the commitment that we made and that is the commitment that the Liberal party today reaffirmed to make sure that every Australian who is on the electoral role has a say on".

Recent polls show a majority of people favor changing Australia's Marriage Act to legalize same-sex unions.

"I mean, in the end, the vote's about as binding as our guarantee to deliver things in two to four business days".

Labor leader Bill Shorten seized the opportunity to talk about the love of same-sex couples, saying there was nothing obsolete about wishing to treat everyone as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

"I think the less said about this irregular and unscientific polling the better".

"I'll be talking with my electorate, with the people in my constituency and I'll be encouraging them to lodge a postal vote", she told reporters.