As another bill supporting marriage equality prepares to enter the Parliament next week, we thought it’d be a good time to look at the parliamentary oddity that is the conscience vote. Labor’s Tanya Plibersek seems to be calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his party one (as is his sister), but what is a conscience vote exactly, and when are they used?
What is a conscience vote, anyway?
Same-sex marriage has reignited debate over the 'conscience vote', but what is a conscience vote exactly? And how do they work? Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian explains.