Australian Greens to rush same-sex marriage bill →
#Australian Labor Party
Making good on their campaign promises, The Australian reports that the Greens have immediately begun pressing for same-sex marriage and improving the treatment of refugees.
Adam Bandt (above), Australia’s first Green MP who won the seat of Melbourne, said:
During the election campaign, I said three of my top priorities were getting a price on carbon, seeing fairer treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers, and removing the discrimination facing same-sex couples. If the agreement that’s been reached holds and Julia Gillard becomes Prime Minister, then the crossbenchers, Greens and independents will have the right to introduce legislation on matters that are of importance to them.
The newspaper also writes:
The Greens will use their alliance with Labor to prosecute their push for same-sex marriage and liberalising the treatment of refugees by bringing forward their legislation and demanding it be debated, possibly with conscience votes, in the new parliament.
Of course, the opposition Liberal/National Coalition has declared that a “returned Labor government controlled by the Greens would be the most radical in Australian political history.”
That’s what we’re hoping for!