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1. PM: The last thing you should do is dud the people who voted for you.”
The Prime Minister has defended the Coalition’s decision not to allow a free vote on same-sex marriage during this term of parliament with MPs split 60/30 to uphold the Coalition’s position that marriage should be between a man and woman.
Mr Abbott said around 60 frontbenchers and 30 backbenchers spoke in the six-hour special meeting yesterday, with around 30 MPs voting in favour of a free vote.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Coalition Government will either allow a free vote on same-sex marriage or put the question to the people if re-elected for another term.“I’ve come to the view… that this is the last term in which the Coalition party room can be bound, although we will definitely maintain the current position for the life of this term,” said Mr Abbott.
He said, “The last thing you should do is dud the people who voted for you,”
“There was a strong view in the party room today that if we were to drop the policy, even if we were to adjust the policy to the extent of having a free vote, a lot of the people who voted for us were going to feel dudded.”
LNP MP Warren Entsch said last night that his same-sex marriage bill would still be introduced to Parliament on Monday.
“I can confirm that the Bill will be introduced on Monday morning when I intend to highlight some of the very personal and heartfelt stories that have led me to take this path,” he said.
“I have to concede however that given today’s decision, the likelihood of failure, should it come to a vote, is assured.”
The PM’s sister, Christine Forster was asked on Twitter whether having a brother as Prime Minister would “stop you from belting him if he makes a stupid decision about marriage equality?”
“It won’t stop me from wanting to … ;)”
2. 91-year old Australian man might be the world’s oldest drug trafficker.A 91-year old Sydney man has appeared in court charged with drug trafficking after being accused of trafficking 4.5 kilograms of cocaine masked in 27 bars of coloured soap.
It is believed that Vic Twartz may be the oldest person in the world to be charged with drug trafficking.
Twartz was arrested on July 8 at Sydney airport on his way back from Delhi in India.
Fairfax Media reports that he was sent to India by who he says were men claiming to be “ from the World Bank in Switzerland” who paid several thousand dollars for his airfare.
In Delhi a man met up with Twartz at his hotel and asked him to bring back soap to the man’s family members and sign related documents.
He claims he cannot be held criminally responsible for the drugs given he did not know they were cocaine.
“I’m 1000 per cent against any drug,” he said. “I don’t even drink alcohol.”
He told Fairfax Media “I looked carefully what was in the soap,”
“I scraped it and it was certainly soap but there were these streaks of white stuff in between. I thought it was additional perfume or that was the style of Indian soap.”