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Oct 21, 2011

Julia Gillard’s free vote on gay marriage

First published in Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2011

JULIA Gillard is set for a reversal on gay marriage, with government sources claiming she would announce within weeks a conscience vote on the issue. Government sources said the Prime Minister would state her position ahead of the Labor Party’s national conference in December.

It could come as early as Monday or after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth finishes at the end of next week.

Left wing and some Right-wing MPs who are delegates to the Labor conference will push for a reversal of the party’s platform, which currently opposes gay marriage.

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