Marriage equality


15 Nov 2017

The results are in. View the details of the survey results


15 Feb 2017

The committee embarked on this task cognisant of the deeply held beliefs and aspirations of people engaged in this national debate, regardless of how they view the institution of marriage. Debate surrounding previous bills introduced, and associated inquiries undertaken, into the issue of same-sex marriage...

Audio interview

14 Sep 2016

Once the plebiscite bill for same sex marriage is passed by the House of Representatives, it will then be tested on the floor of the Senate, where it now looks unlikely to get the support the government needs. Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, has appealed to...



13 Sep 2016

Like much else in the forty-fifth parliament’s infancy, the same-sex marriage plebiscite has become hostage to the dynamics of contemporary politics: a weakened prime minister, a ferociously oppositional federal opposition led by a man also less than secure in his job, and a large, attention-craving...


11 May 2016

Most Australians support marriage equality and the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexuality. However, the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 discriminates on the basis of sex, sexuality and gender by not allowing same...


22 Mar 2016

Right around the world, marriage equality is becoming a reality for many LGBTI couples.

We have an exciting opportunity here – let’s work together and get marriage equality in place.

With the support of the majority of Australians, the time is right for...


1 Jun 2015

Labor leader Bill Shorten introduced a marriage equality bill to Federal Parliament this week and in his address to the House of Representatives, asked that members 'embrace a definition of marriage that respects, values and includes every Australian.'




1 Jul 2014

Many religious believers are concerned that aggressive secularism is driving religion from the public sphere where it is practised, argues this report.


The campaign for what has been dubbed ‘marriage equality’ is gaining ground in many Western countries, including Australia, despite...

Journal article

30 May 2014

The goal of marriage equality should be the social and legal non-discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But how likely is same-sex marriage to lead to social justice? The same-sex marriage debate concerns which aspects of the marital relationship have intrinsic worth and...

Fact sheet

5 May 2014

Statistics NZ is responsible for releasing marriage and civil union registration data. Data refers to marriages and civil unions that have occurred and been registered with Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Provisional civil union and marriage quarterly data will be available from Statistics NZ within five...

Journal article

21 Apr 2014

Why were the majority of MPs in the UK and New Zealand, but not Australia, willing to support law reform on marriage equality?


This article analyses MPs' voting behaviour, during free voting on landmark legislation, which sought to allow equal marriage...

Briefing paper

21 Sep 2012

The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) (Marriage Act), marriage is defined...


30 Apr 2010

Not So Private Lives is the first national study to examine same-sex attracted Australians’ preferences for various forms of relationship recognition since the introduction of de facto status for same-sex couples at a federal level. It is also the first major study to investigate...


21 Jun 2007

Changing the definitions describing de facto relationships in relevant federal laws could help end daily discrimination suffered by more than 20,000 same-sex couples in Australia, according to this HREOC report. The Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry spent more than three months travelling around Australia holding public...



7 Aug 2006

Toowoomba’s water vote shows the potential risk in sending every issue to the people, write Peter Mares and Brian Costar

THE recent vote against drinking recycled waste water in drought-ravaged Toowoomba does much worse than give parliamentary secretary Malcolm Turnbull an unflattering 0-2 record...



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