Howard, Abbott, And Turnbull Have All Opposed The Marriage Plebiscite

    “It’s up to members of parliament."

    Marriage equality supporters have ramped up their efforts to stop a plebiscite as the national vote looks increasingly likely to be held early next year.

    In 2004, as his government passed legislation that banned same-sex marriage, John Howard said the definition of marriage was a matter for the parliament.

    In the wake of Ireland's successful marriage equality referendum in May 2015, Tony Abbott ruled out a public vote on marriage.

    Current PM Malcolm Turnbull made his preference for a free vote in parliament very clear after the Coalition announced its new policy in August 2015.