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Ruby and Ian breakdown what happened on day 1 of the Federal High Court challenge to the postal survey/vote/plebiscite on marriage equality.

Speaking to the LGTBI community were Lee Carnie, from the Human Rights Law Centre, and Alex Greenwich, from Australian Marriage Equality.


We run through the five legal arguments presented to the seven Justices of the High Court.

Is it legally important that politicians have shifted or been inconsistent in their use of language such as ‘plebiscite’, ‘vote’ or ‘survey’? Does the government have the authority to commit $121m to the process when the Senate has knocked back a formal plebiscite twice?

If just one of legal arguments presented gets up then the posting of letters next week to all Australians enrolled to vote is likely to be halted.



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