Rainbow Appears On Party Room Wall As Coalition Stalls Vote On Marriage Equality
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Predictions as many as 6 MPs would cross the floor if no conscience vote allowed for Coalition on gay marriage.— David Speers (@David_Speers) August 11, 2015
One frontbencher tells me he's never seen Pyne so strident as when he argued against referring decision to Coalition party room.— David Speers (@David_Speers) August 11, 2015
Abbott's decision to engage the Coalition - and not just the Liberal party - is in line with his pre-election promise that it would be a matter for the Coalition party room to decide on post-election.
Pyne was the only Cabinet Minister to argue against referring it to Coalition party room before debate was shut down.— David Speers (@David_Speers) August 11, 2015
Although the speculation is rife that, if put to a vote, the issue will not pass the Party Room floor.
Andrew Robb exits and I asked: "a vote today?" He replied, "no vote today"— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 11, 2015
And yet, whilst all of this was happening, the weather even managed to have its say on the matter, with an emerging sun casting a rainbow - of all things - on the wall of the Liberal Party Room whilst meetings on the issue were taking place.
I'm told it's running about 3-4 to 1 against allowing a conscience vote on same sex marriage in party room @SkyNewsAust— David Lipson (@lipporocks) August 11, 2015