As reports suggest the Turnbull government is seriously considering a postal vote on marriage equality, an article written by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in 1997 shows that he was once opposed to postal votes. Turnbull was adamantly against a proposed postal vote on a constitutional convention for an Australian republic, saying it "flies in the face of Australian democratic values".

It is almost certain that there will be a Liberal party room showdown on the issue when Parliament returns on Tuesday next week, with four Liberal backbenchers -- Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, Warren Entsch and Trevor Evans -- pushing for the party to drop its proposal for a plebiscite in favour of a free vote in Parliament.