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Senate Rejects Plebiscite and Backs Greens Calls for Free Vote

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Robert Simms 11 Nov 2015

The Senate today backed a motion from Greens Senator Robert Simms rejecting a plebiscite on marriage equality and calling on the Prime Minister to provide a free vote on the issue before the end of the year.

"Momentum continues to build for marriage equality in this country. Today the Australian Senate rejected a divisive and costly plebiscite and instead called on the Prime Minister to grant a free vote on marriage equality," said Senator Robert Simms, the Greens Spokesperson on Marriage Equality.

"Australians don't want another opinion poll on this issue. They want the Parliament to legislate."

The Senate now joins the parliaments on NSW and WA in rejecting a plebiscite.

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