Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has made his views on marriage equality known: he plans to vote ‘yes’ if a plebiscite is held.

A plebiscite is a vote used to decide a national question that does not affect the constitution. This kind of vote is rare with only a few in our history. They are also expensive, with the Australian Electoral Commission estimating a standalone plebiscite on same-sex marriage to cost tax payers $158.4 million.

A plebiscite is not legally binding, so there will be interest in how the enabling bill proposing and setting out the purpose of the plebiscite is worded. Similarly to other laws and policies, the wording will be debated and deliberated over, in parliament by our elected representatives.

Below is a map of federal parliament showing which Australian federal parliamentarians oppose or support marriage equality. Click on a member to view how they voted on marriage issues.

Federal parliament marriage equality guide

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House of Representatives (150 representatives)
Senate (76 senators)



SOURCE: Member voting records, data from https://theyvoteforyou.org.au
SOURCE: Member views on same sex marriage, data from Australian Marriage Equality