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New poll shows support for marriage equality has surged

Bobby Rae March 16, 2016
Equal marriage activists in Australia (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Equal marriage activists in Australia (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A new poll in Australia has shown that support for marriage equality has reached its highest-ever level of public support.

An Essential Poll released this week has found that five percent more people now support legalising same-sex marriage compared to late 2015.

64% of people in the country now want marriage equality compared to 59% in late October.

The news has been welcomed by campaigners because surveys by Essential Polls normally show lower levels of support compared to others. Recently, a number of polls have shown support in the nation is in excess of 70%.

“I attribute the increase in support to everyday conversations about why marriage equality matters, as well as growing impatience with Parliament’s do-nothing approach to the issue,” said Rodney Croome from Australian Marriage Equality.

The poll comes only days after a report by PwC calculated it would cost the country $525 million (£276 million, $396 million) to hold a national plebiscite.

This week the Green Party tabled a motion to hold a vote in the Senate to pass a bill that would allow for marriage to be redefined.

However, after prioritising voting reform in the chamber, the Greens voted to postpone a debate on the issue until Thursday.

Labor Senators, in favour of the vote, hit out at Green for their actions.

Senate leader for the party, Penny Wong, said: “They had an opportunity [to bring it to a vote] this morning, and they squibbed it, and they now want to make Australians believe that somehow an hour-long debate is somehow the same.”

The bill, which would redefine marriage in the federal Marriage Act, would still have to pass the lower house should it pass the Senate.

More: Australia, Australia, marriage equality, poll, support

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