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    2019 - 04.21

    Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Photo: Andrew MearesSame-sex marriage debate to reigniteNumbers shift towards gay marriage 

    One of the Abbott government’s rising stars has thrown his support behind the campaign to legalise gay marriage, declaring it will “become part of the Australian way of life” because community attitudes are shifting.

    Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is often touted as a future Liberal Party leader, said his views had “evolved” over time. He is now openly calling for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a free vote on the issue.

    “I think if you look at the history of movements such as this, I think one thing is certain that over time, gay marriage will become part of the Australian way of life,” he said.

    He cited the significant movement internationally, with 17 countries legalising same sex marriage over recent years including comparable nations such as Canada, New Zealand and Britain.

    “Therefore I think it’s appropriate that when this issue comes before the Liberal party room that we do have a conscience vote.”

    Mr Frydenberg said he had been moved by personal stories he had encountered, including one female couple who lobbied him for change.

    “The meeting ended in tears and that did have an effect on me,” he said.

    Mr Frydenberg’s intervention is significant given his seniority. In December, he moved from a parliamentary secretary position into the junior ministry.

    Ministers are not allowed to break party lines even though a Liberal MP is technically free to vote however they choose on any issue. A conscience vote would free ministers, including Mr Frydenberg and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, from that obligation.

    Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has a bill to legislate same-sex marriage in the Senate and this week brought forward debate because he was given an undertaking that Liberal MPs would raise it in Tuesday’s party room meeting. The meeting passed with no debate.

    Senator Leyonhjelm will not bring on a vote until he believes there is enough support in Parliament to pass the legislation.

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