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ALP Gay Marriage Debate fizzles in Victoria

The Victorian Labor Party move to back same-sex marriage has failed to even be discussed because there were not enough people in the room to vote on the controversial motion at their conference.


In recent days, the media had been touting this issue would put the Victorian party at odds with the national party - especially Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who does not support gay marriage.

Gay marriage and other motions that were to be debated by the state conference in Melbourne on Saturday did not go ahead, all because the meeting was short by the two or three people needed to have a quorum, however The Robert Blackwood Concert Hall at Monash University in Clayton had been packed for Ms Gillard's keynote address and a speech by state Labor Leader Daniel Andrews on Saturday morning. Many party members had cleared out by mid-afternoon when the time came to address numerous urgency motions.

Two counts were carried out to see if the required 150 people needed for the motions to be debated were present, but they came up short at 145 and 147. reached out to the parties headquarters for a statement on why the members did not remain for these votes, yet there was no official response by the party's headquarters at the time of publication.

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