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Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch will release the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey at 10am today, likely paving the way for marriage equality to be legalised by federal Parliament.
Opinion polls have consistently shown more than 60 per cent of people voting “Yes” in the survey, while a recent ABC analysis of parliamentarians’ voting intentions found solid majorities supporting the reform in both houses. Liberal Senator Dean Smith will introduce a private bill into the Senate this afternoon if the “Yes” campaign is successful, and has secured cross-party support from a number of senators to boost its chances. Debate on Smith’s bill would likely continue until the next parliamentary sitting week, starting on November 27.
… The Senate has instructed the government to accept New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s offer to resettle 150 detainees who are being held on Nauru and Manus Island. Greens Senator Nick McKim said the crisis on Manus was “a foul and bloody stain on Australia’s national conscience”, while Labor Senator Doug Cameron said “Malcolm Turnbull should stand up against the extremists in his party and reach an arrangement with New Zealand”. Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is on Manus, has claimed that Australian and Papua New Guinean authorities have sabotaged the refugees’ water supplies and demolished their shelters to force them to leave the camp they have occupied since October 31. …