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New Australian PM Kevin Rudd calls for marriage issue to be settled for all

Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described himself as ‘a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ and has called on Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue.

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30th June 2013 09:04

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described himself as ‘the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,’ at a press conference today and challenged Opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue.

Rudd, who rolled marriage equality opponent Julia Gillard as leader of the Australian Labor Party on Wednesday said that the issue resonated with young voters and was an important reason why young people would vote for Labor along with its plan to roll out a fast speed broadband internet network across the country.

‘Wherever I go in Australia, young people think that our current arrangements are just wrong,’ Rudd said of marriage equality.

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