If the Coalition wins tomorrow’s election, according to ABC’s Fran Kelly, the plebiscite for same-sex marriage will be held in November. Kelly made the prediction on her election podcast, The Party Room. Of course this relies on the plebiscite legislation passing the Senate, and the wording and timing getting through the Coalition’s party room and cabinet before that. Turnbull has told The Australian that there will be funding for the yes and no campaigns, so we can potentially look forward to Lyle Shelton getting to talk all about how gay couples aren’t as good as straight couples on the taxpayer dime. We have a freedom of information request filed with the Attorney-General’s Department for communication between the Australian Christian Lobby and the government about the plebiscite. It was due tomorrow, but because of the election, the department has declared George Brandis’ office too busy to deal with FOIs, so we will have to wait at least until the end of next week. How convenient!

Peter Fray

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