Attorney-General George Brandis speaks to the media during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Labor is accusing the Government of a
Attorney-General George Brandis speaks to the media during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Labor is accusing the Government of a "cover-up" after it was revealed the head of the unions royal commission had been billed as guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Brandis promises "no trickery" on marriage equality vote

A SENIOR frontbencher has promised "no trickery" from the Abbott government on a potential marriage equality plebiscite, likely in the next parliament.

Attorney-General George Brandis made the comment on Sky News yesterday where he also rejected a proposal for a referendum on the issue.

Other ministers last week proposed a referendum on marriage equality, which would likely be defeated, as another path.

While Labor has backed a parliamentary vote, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he preferred a "people's vote", despite a recent High Court ruling that said the issue was one for parliament to decide.

Senator Brandis has backed the Court's position, arguing it was not a constitutional issue; but he said "society needs to have ownership of the issue", backing a plebiscite.

He also said if a plebiscite backed marriage equality, politicians should legislate to deliver it.


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