"What will happen is a private member's bill will be introduced to the house and the members of parliament will be given a 'free vote".
The conservative government's preferred option was a compulsory plebiscite which would be conducted like a general election with ballot boxes around Australia on November 25. That's $24 million. All funded by the taxpayers of Australia when in fact it should be paid by the parliamentarians who declined to do the job for which they are being paid.
The voluntary plebiscite, in which voters would mail their ballots from September 12 until November 7, would cost AU$122 million.
"I know LGBTI Australians are frustrated, they're angry, and they're bewildered that it has come to this", he wrote.
Kirby labelled the postal vote as undemocratic.
But the government's second bid was defeated on Wednesday by a 31-vote tie.
Same-sex marriage opponents hit at out what they claimed they was biased media coverage and claimed a change in the law could lead to the persecution of Christians and other religious people.
Government minister Mathias Cormann said he was confident the debate would be conducted courteously.
If you're enrolled to vote, you can change your details and register as an overseas voter within three years of moving.
At a preliminary hearing in the High Court today, the government agreed that it will not post out any papers in the same-sex postal vote before 12 September, to allow the case to be heard.
"I think the thing is, it is confusing to children".
Mr Wilkie said it was "great day" given the High Court had agreed that the full bench of the court would hear the matter.
"That will be frustrating for advocates of marriage equality because it is absolutely clear in Australian law that Parliament could make this change today or this week if it wanted to,"said Ryan Goss, a senior lecturer in law at Australian National University". It would be only the fourth time in Australian history, and first time in 43 years, that the government puts a legally nonbinding question to the electorate.
Crooning "I still call Australia home.ophobic", musical comic Tim Minchin has wittily adapted a beloved Aussie anthem into a mocking take on the marriage equality debate across the Tasman. Prime among his conservative colleagues is Tony Abbott, whom Turnbull replaced as prime minister in an internal party coup.
In an explosive interview of national breakfast television, Morrison was challenged by Seven Network host and political commentator David Koch, who accused the government of "wasting money because the politicians don't have the guts to make the decision (in Parliament)".
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has declared the Prime Minister personally responsible for "every hurtful bit of filth" unleashed by the same-sex marriage plebiscite as he committed Labor to campaign for a "Yes" vote.