“The voluntary postal survey – always a plan B to the compulsory plebiscite – is not a binding mechanism with the effect of altering the Marriage Act.
“Having deferred the substantive decision to the Australian public, politicians will now need to act on that verdict by facilitating, amending and passing a bill – and that could prove messy.
“The Turnbull government is determined to push it through before Christmas, if only finally to divest itself of a “barnacle” that has beleaguered the Coalition for years now.
“Just two parliamentary sitting weeks remain for the year, from Monday November 27 to Thursday December 7. In that time, MPs will have to agree on how to legalise same-sex marriage.”
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