When asked whether the same-sex marriage vote could negatively affect the LGBTQ population, Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan offered a blunt assessment: "Yes".
A final result would be secured by November 15. One way or the other, the issue will be decided by members of Parliament, who may disregard the results if they wish in their own voting. Equality advocates and supporters are opposed to a nationwide plebiscite, saying civil rights should not be subject to a popular vote.
The traditional plebiscite would cost up to $170 million. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has previously rejected the method.
UPSET and disappointed were the emotions that Lismore City councillor Darlene Cook felt when the Federal Government announced it would run a postal plebiscite to vote on same-sex marriage as early as next month.
However if there is a "no" vote, no further action will be taken.
"The postal vote is rubbish ..."
He rejected claims the debate around a plebiscite would be damaging, insisting the government trusted the Australian people to have a respectful debate.
Lyle Shelton, of the Australian Christian Lobby, invoked both the Irish head of the Qantas airline and Ireland itself in outlining how he sees the same-sex marriage campaign. He believes that would not require Senate approval, but it would not be mandatory like the plebiscite would. A nationwide plebiscite to decide the issue is expected before the end of the year.
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While there was an attempt to introduce a plebiscite in late 2016, the Labor party voted against it.
They have also argued about timing, costs and the scope of possible campaigns for and against same-sex marriage, even as a good deal of the negotiating has taken place away from public view.
Senator Cormann reiterated the government's belief, based on legal advice, that the postal option was legal and constitutional. "Please make the same decision on this occasion". "You heard me say again and again that every Australian will have a say on this issue", added Turnbull.
"The proposition that voluntary voting lacks legitimacy, I don't accept".
Penny Wong has represented South Australian in the Senate since 2002 and is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
But marriage equality advocates said Canberra might be exceeding its executive authority in holding the paper ballot, with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre Thursday commencing proceedings in the High Court to stop it.
"The usual rules will apply in relation to communication by members of parliament", he said.