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October 16, 2012

Liberal colleagues distance themselves from unapologetic senator after Cory Bernardi reaffirms his views in an interview

Despite losing his frontbench position when he made comments in the Australian Senate last month suggesting gay marriage could lead to bestiality, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has not apologized or retracted his words.

In an interview with Adelaide’s The Advertiser published today Bernardi stood-by his views saying the reaction his comments was ‘hysteria’.

September 17, 2012

Leader Christine Milne says Labor party are trying to get gay marriage off the agenda before the next election, bill in the Senate looks unlikely to pass

The leader of the Australian Greens accused the ruling Labor party of ‘back room manipulation’ over the gay marriage parliamentary debate.

A debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill started in the Australian Senate this morning, where leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne said the Labor party are trying ‘to get this off the agenda before the general election’.

August 23, 2012

Australian senators have held a debate on same-sex marriage but the chances of success for a bill remains unclear

A short debate on marriage equality in the Australian Senate has been held but has failed to shed light on the prospects if a vote is held on the issue, with only four senators speaking during the allotted time.

First to speak was the bill’s author, Greens party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who told the parliament that the bill had been amended to further address the concerns of religious opponents who feared that they would be made to solemnize marriages that weren’t in accordance with their faith.

August 19, 2012

The Australian Parliament is set to begin debating legislation to legalize same-sex marriage this week, with debate to begin as soon as Thursday

Debate on a marriage equality bill in the Australian Senate is expected to begin as soon as Thursday, after the bill’s author, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young announced she would use private member’s time to begin the debate.

August 1, 2012

Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong defends her family’s right to exist in magazine article

Australia’s Finance Minister Penny Wong makes a powerful personal argument for gay marriage and parenting in the latest issue of SALife magazine.

In a head-to-head debate on gay marriage with Liberal Party senator Nick Minchin, Wong wrote:

June 6, 2012

Bob Brown recalls in a farewell speech how a tactical play almost led him to ban lesbian sex in Tasmania in 1986

Outgoing Australian Greens senator says his biggest political mistake almost saw him ban lesbian sex as a lone Green MP in Tasmania during the 1980s.

In a farewell speech ahead of his formal retirement next week at the National Press Club yesterday (5 June), the first openly gay senator recalled how the then opposition Labour party's decision not to move and get rid of section 122 of the criminal code - which banned male homosexuality only - caught him off guard.

April 13, 2012

Greens leader Bob Brown retires after 25 years in politics

Australia’s first openly gay MP and first gay party leader, Bob Brown announced today he was retiring from politics. He will handover the leadership of the Greens party to his deputy Christine Milne and will step down from his senate seat in June.