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Australian Parliament To Sit Until Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed

Malcolm Turnbull via Twitter

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will force parliament to sit until marriage equality is passed this year.

The House Of Representatives will break for an extra week while the senate finishes debating the Dean Smith marriage equality bill, the House was due to sit again from November 27 but will now resume on December 4.

“We will sit until marriage equality and citizenship are dealt with,” Leader of the House, Christopher Pyne told reporters in Adelaide.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek likened the “outrageous” decision to delay the next lower house sitting week to a dictatorship.

The timing has come into question as it coincides with the New England by-election on December 2, where Barnaby Joyce is expected to be re-elected, which will give the government its majority back in the House of Representatives after the citizenship saga.

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