There are more coming and the senate will continue to hear these proposed amendments over the coming days from the far right of the gov. The bill itself has passed the senate after the second reading (the first marriage equality bill to pass either house of parliament) and has now gone to discussion for proposed changes.
After the first two amendments have been defeated, it's not looking too good for the RWNJ's wanting a plethora of discriminatory religious exemptions. The first two were defeated 41/24. Perhaps the strength of the senate defeat is a reflection of the support in it to pass marriage equality without unraveling Australia's anti-discrimination laws already in place in various states. The Yes side has made the very strong point that Australians voted for equality in the survey, not to introduce new laws to discriminate.
A quick stocktake: The conservative amendments are absolutely tanking in the Senate tonight. Bloc of some govt senators + ALP + GR + NXT + Hinch is, so far, too powerful to beat. Margins of defeat 42-24, 44-20, 42-20.— Lane Sainty (@lanesainty) November 28, 2017
Still debating #marriageequality. Having to remind fellow senators that we're here to talk about marriage and removing discrimination, not their personal right-wing crusades.— Janet Rice (@janet_rice) November 28, 2017
Conservatives are starting to lose their temper in the Senate. Ian Macdonald tells off Peter Whish-Wilson for wearing a marriage equality badge as he chairs. "I have made my ruling, sit down!" says W-W forcefully.— Lane Sainty (@lanesainty) November 28, 2017