The Problem with a Plebiscite: Why a Poll on Marriage Equality Can Only Cause Harm

Lily Neilson La Trobe Law School

By Lily Neilson As part of this year’s Federal Budget, the Turnbull government announced a nation-wide plebiscite will be held on marriage equality later this year. Australians will be asked to vote ‘yes’ if they are in favour of broadening the… Continue Reading

Marriage Equality: The Plebiscite is Not The Answer

La Trobe Law School La Trobe University

By Alfarid Hussain Over the past few years, the debate over marriage equality in Australian politics has shown no signs of resolution. Consequently, the fate of many same-sex couples is now dependent on a plebiscite despite the fact that the Parliament could… Continue Reading

Same-Sex Marriage Highlights Difference in Australian and United State Constitutional Arrangements

By Craig Over On June 6 the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled in Obergefell v Hodges by a majority of 5:4 that a denial of marriage recognition of gays and lesbians was a denial of a fundamental… Continue Reading