Same-sex marriage bill introduced in Senate after historic yes win in postal survey – politics live
The prime minister returns from Asia with crises mounting on all fronts and as Australia prepares for the result of the same-sex marriage survey at 10am. Follow all the action live
We reported yesterday on the shock announcement of Kristina Keneally as Labor’s star candidate for Bennelong, in northern Sydney. It raised the stakes considerably in the upcoming by-election, where Liberal John Alexander will fight to take back the seat he lost due to the citizenship crisis.
Senior governments ministers - Greg Hunt, Malcolm Turnbull, and Scott Morrison - lined up yesterday to attack Keneally over her time as NSW premier. Their strategy relies on linking Keneally to jailed former ministers, Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald.
It may be lost among the din, but the Senate is welcoming a new senator today. South Australia’s Rex Patrick will be sworn in as Nick Xenophon’s replacement. Xenophon resigned from parliament last month to run for a seat in the South Australian parliament.
Patrick is one of Xenophon’s former senior advisors. Patrick was born in New Zealand and moved here when he was a child. Don’t worry, we’ve checked. Patrick has already provided proof of his renunciation of New Zealand citizenship.Continue reading...