19th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott shifts position on party’s same-sex marriage stance 25
11:46 AM — Australia’s opposition leader is suggesting his party will decide its position on equal marriage after September's election.
15th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott reiterates opposition to equal marriage 21
4:55 PM — The leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, has clarified his party's opposition to equal marriage during a community forum in Sydney.
1st April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott rules out supporting equal marriage 6
1:20 PM — Australia’s opposition leader says he will continue to side against equal marriage - an issue which sees him at odds with parts of his family.
18th March 2013
Australia: Liberal MP predicts Coalition will ‘evolve’ to support marriage equality 6
12:00 PM — Australian Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer has said she predicts the centre-right coalition, which whipped its MPs to vote against equal marriage last year, will become more accepting of same-sex marriage over time.
8th February 2013
Australia: Anti-gay politician attempts to defend pro-marriage equality candidate from expulsion 11
2:44 PM — Bob Katter of Katter's Australian Party has stepped in to save senate candidate Steven Bailey after he made pro-equal marriage comments. The KAP has recently faced a backlash against homophobic comments made by its members.
9th October 2012
Australia: Speaker Peter Slipper quits amid sex scandal
8:46 PM — Australia’s parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has resigned after text messages showed he had used sexist and vulgar language in an exchange with a gay former staffer, who is suing him for sexual harassment.
20th September 2012
Australian Senate follows second chamber in defeating equal marriage 26
10:09 AM — A vote on a bill that would have introduced equal marriage rights for same-sex couples has been defeated in the Australian Senate.
19th September 2012
Australian politician, who linked bestiality with equal marriage, to attend UK Conservative event 23
6:08 PM — Australian Senator Cory Bernardi, who was sacked as an aide to the country's opposition leader after linking equal marriage to bestiality, is due to attend a conference of young Conservatives in Oxford this weekend.
Australian senator resigns after comparing equal marriage to bestiality 25
2:55 PM — An Australian senator has resigned from the opposition's frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality.
Australia votes against legalising equal marriage 51
9:58 AM — Lawmakers in the Australian Parliament have overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have introduced equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
18th September 2012
Australian Senate unlikely to support equal marriage, says Finance minister 16
12:19 PM — Senator Penny Wong, Australia’s gay Finance minister is downplaying expectations that the country’s upper parliamentary chamber will support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in an historic vote, due to take place in the next 24 hours.
6th July 2012
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ 16
10:38 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy". Frontbencher Mr Turnbull, who was delivering a lecture on the Gold Coast, attacked the coalition for its unwillingness to legalise marriage for gay couples, The Age reports.
21st April 2012
Australia: Parliamentary Speaker denies allegations of sexually harassing a male employee 12
4:09 PM — The Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, Rt Hon Peter Slipper, has denied that he sexually harassed a male staff member and misused parliamentary public-funds known as Cabcharges.
18th April 2012
Video: Tony Abbott’s dinner interrupted by equal marriage activists 16
11:02 PM — The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who is against equal marriage in the country, has been the target of a small group of equal marriage activists during dinner with a journalist at a restaurant.
7th April 2012
Australia: Opposition leader’s sister confirms lesbian relationship 24
10:19 PM — Tony Abbott, the Opposition leader in Australia, has commended the bravery of his sister in publicly affirming her same-sex relationship, but has said that it will not shift his stance on equal marriage.
22nd November 2010
Australian Greens predict legal gay marriage as poll shows majority support 7
2:58 PM — The Australian Green party is predicting that gay marriage will soon become law as a poll shows 57 per cent of the public are in favour of the change. Of the 37 per cent who were against the change, 16 per cent were opposed and 21 per cent were strongly opposed.
22nd October 2010
Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9
5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
24th August 2010
Australian Sex Party does well at polls 6
12:33 PM — The Australian Sex Party, which calls for sex education in schools and is in favour of gay marriage, has performed well in the country's general election.