It was originally proposed by the Right as a delaying tactic, so it’s no surprise that the timing of any plebiscite on same-sex marriage is the subject of more division within the government.
(The Canberra Times, 8 March 2016)
(The Canberra Times, 5 March 2016)
The conservatives had been pushing Abbott on this for some time. That they succeeded under Turnbull seems to say everything about the weakness of his leadership.
The government is showing some zeal for changing the system used for electing Senators, after their failure to manage the current Senate crossbench.
The Royal Agricultural Show is on in Canberra this weekend, which is a timely reminder of how the existing above-the-line voting system for the Senate seems to work:
(The Canberra Times, 20 August 2013)