Australia's politicians returned to work on Monday to find a rainbow above their workplace. What a coincidence it was.
As the Liberal Party began its emergency party room meeting to decide the future of marriage equality, people thought, surely, the government wouldn't just stick with the failed plebiscite again.
It also happened to be the same day we learnt about flesh-eating sea lice. FLESH-EATING SEA LICE, YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
But reports started spilling out of the party room that just a handful of MPs were causing the ruckus, while a couple of dozen were holding the line.
Yep, after two hours the meeting ended, and the government decided to try and jam through its plebiscite for a second time.
This time, with a twist: If the Senate again blocks it (which it'll invariably do), the government will bring on a rare postal plebiscite.
The government believes it doesn't need legislation to hold a postal plebiscite.
It was quite impressive that the party room's solution to legalising marriage equality would delay any action on the issue even further.
Oh and one more thing: The postal plebiscite would not be binding, meaning any MP could disregard the result.
So really, the government was now just running though all the options it had one by one.
Think of it this way.
People weren't all that impressed by the postal option, tbh.
Though there maybe was more than one upside.
Like, at least millennials will be forced to learn how to use the post.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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