Bill Shorten Moved A Bill To Legalise Marriage Equality And Nothing Happened

Carry on, nothing to see here.

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten has introduced a marriage equality bill to the House of Representatives on Monday morning.

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten has introduced a marriage equality bill to the House of Representatives on Monday morning.

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Debate on the bill, which would amend the Marriage Act 1961 by allowing two people of any gender to marry, was adjourned immediately because the opposition does not have the numbers to push it further.

Debate on the bill, which would amend the Marriage Act 1961 by allowing two people of any gender to marry, was adjourned immediately because the opposition does not have the numbers to push it further.

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“This parliament can change a law which no longer describes modern Australia, and pass a law of which we can all be proud,” he said.

“I don't want us to wait any longer. We can't assume this change is inevitable.”

“Let's make 2015 the year when Australians embrace marriage equality… it is time!”

Only five Coalition MPs watched Shorten give the speech.

Shorten’s bill comes after a week in which debate on marriage equality in Australia reached fever pitch after the successful referendum in Ireland.

Shorten's bill comes after a week in which debate on marriage equality in Australia reached fever pitch after the successful referendum in Ireland.

Despite pressure from the opposition and the public, prime minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday the budget was the current priority for the government.

“I've made it very clear that while [marriage equality] is an important issue the government has an absolute focus right now on getting the budget measures through parliament,” Abbott said.

Currently, the Liberal party does not support same-sex marriage, and its MPs are not allowed a free vote on the issue.

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