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Australia will go to the polls from September, or at least to the mailboxes.

Yesterday the government announced its non-compulsory, non-binding postal vote on marraige equality would go ahead after the Senate rejected a national plebiscite on the issue for a second time. Former prime minister Tony Abbott urged people who “don’t like political correctness” to vote against marriage equality in the ballot, as doing so would “stop political correctness in its tracks”. Abbott’s sister, Liberal City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster, responded on Twitter, writing: “if you don’t believe your relationships (or anyone else’s) are second rate: vote yes”.

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