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Civil unions are set to be introduced in Queensland with a late night session of Parliament introducing a bill to grant equality to same sex couples.

A motion that the bill be read a second time has secured majority support. Four Labor MPs ended up voting against it – Jo Ann Miller, Michael Choi, Geoff Wilson and Margaret Keech.

Independent MP for Nicklin Peter Wellington joined the majority of Labor MPs in supporting it, but all the other crossbenchers and independents voted against. The LNP voted as a bloc against it.

The vote was 47-40. A loud applause rings out in the chamber and in the public gallery.

This wekeend, the Labor Party will hold it's national conference, where full Equal Marriage rights will be debated as a policy change for the party.