Parliament Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Federal parliament legalised same sex marriage, with all but four MPs voting to pass the bill. The laws went through unchanged after 56 hours of debate despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions including for religious organisations, civil celebrants and chaplains. Couples will be able to lodge an notice of intended marriage from…

Government Given Four Day Deadline For Citizenship Changes Vote

The Senate will throw out the Federal Government’s Citizenship Bill if it has not been voted on the remaining days until the deadline. The Senate agreed to strike the government’s citizenship bill from the notice paper if not voted on by October 18, after a motion from the Greens passed the Senate on Wednesday. Greens…

Scott Ludlam Resigns from Parliament over Dual Citizenship Bungle

Greens senator Scott Ludlam has resigned today, after realising he’s ineligible to stand in Parliament. The co-deputy of the Greens discovered he holds dual citizenship of New Zealand and Australia, which makes him ineligible to hold elected office in the Federal Parliament under the Australian Constitution. He has been a senator for the past nine…