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Freebies for same-sex couples, pending equality

BY ALEX EUGENE The City of Sydney has made it clear they are optimistic about the outcome of the same-sex marriage postal vote, after locking in a major freebie for gay couples in lieu of their legal ability to wed. Last week the council’s only Labor councillor, Linda Scott successfully moved a motion that would […]

Skywriter stunt shows sky’s the limit

BY ALEC SMART A skywriter message bearing the words Vote No appeared in the sky in several locations above Sydney on Sunday 17 September. Photos of the skywriting letters, declaring opposition to the national plebiscite on same-sex marriage reform, were immediately shared via social media before prevailing winds blew them away. While Vote No campaigners […]

Young voters must enrol for same-sex marriage postal poll

BY ALEX EUGENE Young and first-time voters must urgently enrol to vote if they want to have their say on same-sex marriage. All Australians need to have their postal vote in the mail by August 24. The fight for equality is on again, this time in the form of a survey which will cost taxpayers […]

Local MPs to introduce same-sex marriage bill

The NSW Cross Party Marriage Equality Working Group – made up of Greens, Labor, Liberal, National and independent MPs – will introduce legislation to state parliament seeking to give same-sex couples the right to marry in NSW. At time of writing, the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill was due to be introduced by Labor MLC Penny […]

Poles apart: what Julia can learn from her Icelandic counterpart

Just a few days after Julia Gillard became Australia’s first unwed female Prime Minister, on a distant corner of the globe -- Iceland’s first woman head of state, Johanna Sigurdardottir married her long-term partner, the writer Jonina Leosdottir in her Prime Ministerial office, becoming the world’s first national leader to enter into a same sex […]