The High Court has ruled that the government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is legal, throwing out both cases seeking to stop it.
The full bench found no issues with the government using the ‘Advance to the finance minister’ to pay for it, and asking the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the survey was acceptable. Due to the rushed nature of the case, the High Court will publish its full reasons at a later date. The decision means that the survey will go ahead.
Survey forms will be sent to households from September 12. They must be returned by November 7. The result will be released on November 15 at 11:30am. If the majority vote is ‘yes,’ a conscience vote will be conducted through the parliament, via a private members bill. If the majority vote is ‘no,’ there will be no parliamentary vote.
Should you be able to buy illegal drugs with welfare payments?
The government will trial random testing of 5,000 job seeking welfare recipients for the drugs cannabis, ice and ecstasy. If an individual returns positive test, 80% of their Centrelink payments will be quarantined to a cashless debit card, which can pay for food, rent or childcare. Those who test positive will also undergo rehabilitation courses.
The trial begins in January in Bankstown NSW, Logan QLD and Mandurah WA.
Stories are changing!
Senator Matt Cannavan now says he was a citizen of Italy since the age or two, as opposed to his mother signing him up as an adult without his knowledge. Senator Malcolm Roberts has also conceded that he did not begin the formal processes of renouncing his UK citizenship until after the election.
It appears the central argument from the government for the Joyce, Waters and Canavan cases is that their respective countries changed the law retrospectively. Whether the High Court respects that argument is another matter.
The dual citizenship debacle will drag on for months – the High Court will formally hear these cases in the second week of October.
The results are in!
After a lightening fast enrolment campaign, the AEC has confirmed that 675,000 voters have updated their details on the electoral roll and an astonishing 90,000 people enrolled in two weeks, with tens of thousands enrolling in the last 24 hours.
The next step for the postal plebiscite is to hear from the High Court, who will decide if the Government have acted legally by asking the ABS to run the survey. The case will be heard on September 5 and 6.