Same-sex marriage plebiscite passed in lower house

THE Federal Government has pushed ahead with its doomed plan for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage as the bill required to make the popular vote happen passes the lower house of parliament. 

The bill, which every indication suggests will be voted down by a Greens-Labor alliance in the Senate, was passed in a 76 to 67 vote this afternoon. 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly refused to say whether or not he had a "Plan B" up his sleeve if the bill is killed off in the senate. 

"The bill is before Parliament and Parliament has to do its work," he told News Corp.

Meanwhile veteran independent Andrew Wilkie has said he believes allowing a popular vote could be in Mr Turnbull's best interests, 

"In fact, it could be the saviour of the prime minister," Mr Wilkie told Channel Nine. 


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