Turnbull arriving home to new leadership test over same-sex marriage

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 09:31:34 PM. Malcolm Turnbull will arrive home ahead of the release of the same-sex marriage survey result, in what is shaping up to be another test of his leadership.
Photo: Mr Turnbull said a conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill had "no prospect" of passing Parliament. (AAP: Paul Miller) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will arrive back in Australia ahead of the release of the same-sex marriage survey result, in what is shaping up to be another test of his leadership over a divided Coalition. Amid expectations the Yes campaign will prevail, a feud has erupted within Government ranks over the shape of the bill to legalise same-sex marriage and how far religious protections should go. Responding to Liberal James Paterson's bill to amend the Marriage Act, Mr Turnbull warned sweeping religious protections which discriminate against same-sex couples would have "virtually no prospect" of passing Parliament. "Assuming there is a Yes vote — the pollsters will really be rocked if there isn't — but assuming there is, there will be a Private Members Bill and amendments can be moved and if people want to move an amendment of that kind, well, you know, they can," he said yesterday from the Philippines, where he has been meeting with other leaders at the East Asia Summit. "[But] I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the Government would not countenance, making legal discrimination that is unlawful today." Mr Turnbull has already nominated Liberal senator Dean Smith's bill as a good starting point, but conservatives in the party have locked in behind Senator Paterson's plan, arguing it contains much stronger religious...Read more
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