One of Malcolm Turnbull's options for breaking the deadlock on marriage equality would be to hold a conscience vote in Parliament. Crikey intern Angus McCubbing looks back on some past conscience votes to see how successful this strategy has been historically.
Dean Smith continues to press on with plans to overturn or bypass the Liberals’ plebiscite policy by bringing a private member’s bill on marriage equality to the Parliament.
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.
I have been particularly struck by the testimony of same-sex couples about their desire to see their relationships treated with the same dignity and respect as heterosexual relationships, writes David Feeney, Labor Senator for Victoria.
Should politicians place party loyalty over their own personal conscience? Speaking up for something you believe can do wonders for society. Yes, gay marriage will fundamentally change marriage and that's OK, writes Zoe Krupka.
Mark Arbib and union boss Paul Howes have announced their support for gay marriage. Both are influential voices but the Labor Right has the numbers and is very unlikely to support calls for a policy change, writes Phillip Coorey.
Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott needs to stop reigning in their parties so tightly and let individual pollies stand up make a conscience vote on gay marriage, writes Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Queensland Parliament is about to have a conscience vote on laws relating to voluntary surrogacy of children. But when freed from the constraints of the "party line", it can be a bit disconcerting to find out what MPs really believe, says Andrew Bartlett.
At least 29 of the Liberal's 57 backbenchers want to hold a secret partyroom ballot on the CPRS this week in order to resolve the party's deep rifts over the issue once and for all.
Natasha Stott Despoja knows a thing or two about breaking the party line by crossing the floor in Parliament. She looks at how and why some rebel Coalition MPs might follow their hearts over their heads on the emissions trading issue.