Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, the government's deputy Senate leader and an opponent of same-sex marriage, said some type of plebiscite is essential if Parliament is to decide the marriage equality question.
It comes after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott called on Australians to vote "no" in the plebiscite. While it's not up there with Richard Nixon's "I'm not a crook" in the history of great unfortunate political one-liners, it is one likely to get replayed over and over from now until the end of his political career. It had already attempted once in October 2016.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking at a news conference after the discussions, said that holding a postal vote if the Senate rejected an in-person one would give people the opportunity to "have their say", though neither vote would be legally binding.
The voluntary association has joined the hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters aligned with advocacy group, Australian Marriage Equality.
Mr Shorten told Parliament that while Labor, along with the majority of those who support change, deemed the $122 million postal ballot wasteful, non-authoritive, unnecessary and hurtful to gay and lesbian people and their families, it was important the No vote did not prevail.
Late a year ago, the Australian Upper House Senate rejected a government proposal on the matter, with opponents saying they believed it was best dealt with by a free vote in Parliament.
"They simply can not countenance people like me and others being equal", she said.
Penny Wong: 'I don't want my children subjected to hatred over the same sex marriage debate'
What will be the next issue where politicians and others will want to ignore our precious constitution?
Australian Marriage Equality plans to challenge it in the country's High Court.
Justice Kirby said he was hurt the government would put the issue of same-sex marriage to a postal vote.
"Sund... that day. If the government wanted gay marriage to be legal on every day, then they should have done this vote over the internet".
The main opposition, the left of center Labor Party, prefers a vote in parliament saying a national vote would be expensive and unnecessary.
"The Coalition supports the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman, but we won't seek to bind people beyond this term of Parliament and in the next term ... it will be the people's decision", Abbott said at the time.
But Tropical Fruits has proven the issue hasn't been clear cut within its diverse community with the not-for-profit officially taking a stance for same-sex marriage just last week.
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