Christine Forster, the sister of Australia’s Prime Minister, has revealed that she has proposed to her partner Virginia Edwards.
Yesterday, the pair revealed their March engagement in the Australian outback to New Idea, an Australian weekly magazine.
She told the magazine: “We got engaged when we were away with friends on a trip to Broken Hill”.
Ms Forster, a mother of four, said she will only start making concrete wedding plans when she is able to enter a legal union and admits it could be a “long wait”.
Equal marriage remains banned at a federal level in Australia.
Ms Forster, a Liberal Party councillor in Sydney, belongs to the same party as her brother, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Last week, Mr Abbott said that the ACT court challenge was about upholding the Australian constitution and about preserving a “uniform approach throughout the commonwealth” to marriage laws.
“It will be close friends and family. Tony and Margie will definitely be there,” she said.
A same-sex marriage bill is due to be voted on in the ACT on Tuesday, potentially paving the way for equal marriage rights across Australia.