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PM back for gay marriage results

15 November 2017

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll, a return rate that compares more than favourably with the 91 per cent who voted at the compulsory 2016 federal election.

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite.

Mr Turnbull has previously said same-sex marriage would legalised by Christmas if Australians voted Yes and expected the legislation to "sail through parliament".

THE moment Australia has been waiting for has finally arrived, with the results of the same-sex marriage survey being released today.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to allow a private member's bill to be introduced in the last sitting fortnight of parliament, which begins on November 27.

This would lead to a parliamentary debate and a vote to determine the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

On Tuesday Turnbull said the government "would not countenance" legalising discrimination against same-sex weddings by commercial service providers and warned a rival conservative bill to do so would have "virtually no prospect" of passing parliament.

As many comparable countries such as the United States and Britain allowed or legislated for same-sex marriage, Australia looked increasingly out of step.

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The results of Malcolm Turnbull government's postal survey on same-sex marriage have been announced.

This week Liberal senator James Paterson proposed an alternative same-sex marriage bill that will erode anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

"I don't agree with the Prime Minister that this (James Paterson) bill makes activities which are now illegal legal", Nationals Senator Matt Canavan told ABC radio.

A young protester cheers in support during a march for marriage equality in Sydney.

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Senator Wong said it was hard to listen to a bloke who had long argued against the views held by the majority of the community to turn around and talk about the tyranny of the majority. The ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if a bill for SSM came before the house and on their count the bill would pass. His bill has support as a "starting point" from many of his colleagues, as well as Labor, the Greens, independent Derryn Hinch and the Nick Xenophon Team.

PM back for gay marriage results