John Howard has called on the Turnbull government to deal with the issue of protections for religious freedom before the same-sex marriage postal survey, adding his voice to a growing Coalition infight on the issue. The Turnbull government has refused to nominate which bill will be put forward in parliament if the postal survey approves of a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry and the extent of any religious exemptions to discrimination law. The Coalition has been engaged in a rolling infight over religious freedom, with moderates including attorney general, George BrandisChristopher Pyne and Simon Birmingham arguing the survey concerns marriage only, while conservatives including Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Zed Seselja and Matthew Canavan argue religious freedom is at stake.
Former prime minister John Howard says legalising same-sex marriage will not be the end of the debate, but a catalyst for more sweeping changes. Close navigation menu Subscribe Log In. Search Search.
John Howard has intervened in the marriage equality debate, personally authorising a full-page newspaper advertisement calling for legal protection of religious freedoms ahead of the ballot result. The former prime minister has used the full imprimatur of his status and office as a one-time Coalition leader in a public statement carried in The Australian newspaper on Saturday. The national broadsheet advertisement bears Mr Howard's photo and signature.
All rights reserved. John Howard says same-sex marriage is in conflict with children's rights as he launches his support for the 'No' campaign. The former Prime Minister told The Australian any changes to the social institution of marriage will result in wider consequences for the country and that the right of a child to have a mother and father should be preserved.
Amid all the voices campaigning for and against same-sex marriage, the one that interests me most is the former prime minister John Howard's — an intervention described by astute political observer Dr Peter Brent as the warhorse factor. Howard has come out strongly for a "no" vote to the extent that he authorised a full-page advertisement, with a very prime ministerial look about it, in last Saturday's Canberra Times. As Brent described the vibe associated with Howard's return to the fray : "Commentators have been cooing, equality supporters trembling, for the master — he who held the electorate in the palm of his hand for over a decade- is back, weaving his magic.
PDF version [ KB ]. This was the fifth marriage equality bill introduced in the current 45th Parliament. The Bill passed the third reading stage in the House on 7 December and received Royal Assent the following day.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected calls by other high-profile opponents of same-sex marriage that the supposed threat to religious freedoms caused by changing the Marriage Act should be detailed before people vote, not afterwards. Mr Morrison, the most senior minister in Turnbull government who is opposed to change, said those details could be sorted out afterwards in the event the Yes vote prevailed. Alex Ellinghausen.
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Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December Legislation to allow same-sex marriagethe Marriage Amendment Definition and Religious Freedoms Actpassed the Australian Parliament on 7 December and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages.