Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would overwhelmingly support such unions.
The non-compulsory ballot Women's Michael Roberts Jersey , which runs until the end of October, will determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalize same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.
Despite securing 70 percent public support in an IpsosFairfax poll on Tuesday, the issue of same-sex marriage had faced a political deadlock Women's Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey , only broken last week when the Australian High Court gave the all-clear for the vote.
The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urged a “yes” vote.
“Change in this country only ever happens when people participate in the change,” Shorten told reporters in the Australian capital of Canberra. “Please don’t leave this change to other people.”
The ballot helps Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to unite his Liberal-National coalition government Women's Kenny Golladay Jersey , which had been fractured over the issue throughout his two-year tenure.
Some conservative lawmakers threatened to resign if Turnbull did not stick to the public vote, while more liberal members said they would side with the opposition Labor Party to secure same-sex marriage if the PM did not resolve the issue.
Vitriolic allegations have marred the campaign for same-sex marriage, with opponents having launched a contentious “No” campaign advertisement this month that the government immediately rejected as inaccurate.
As the vote is not a formal election, it is not subject to the usual rules on political advertisements Women's Teez Tabor Jersey , but the government said a new law will probably be passed by the end of the week to prohibit vilification on the basis of people’s sex, sexuality and intersex status.
XIAMEN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on BRICS countries to synergize their development strategies to stimulate growth potential.
Xi made the remarks while addressing the ninth BRICS summit in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, which was also attended by leaders of Brazil Women's Jarrad Davis Jersey , Russia, India and South Africa.
The five countries should find areas where their respective development policies and priorities converge, and work to build a big market for trade and investment, achieve smooth flow of currency and finance Women's Kerryon Johnson Jersey , and realize infrastructure connectivity, Xi said.
"Despite our differences in national conditions, our five countries are in a similar stage of development and share the same development goals. We all face an arduous task in growing the economy," Xi noted.
He said strengthening the complementarity of their development strategies will bring out their comparative strengths in resources Women's Frank Ragnow Jersey , market and labor force, release the growth potential of the five countries and the creativity of their 3 billion people, and open up huge space for development. P Xi said the five countries need to plan well at the macro level and take concrete actions in key areas.
"With a focus on structural reform and sustainable development, we need to expand our converging interests and share experience on innovation Jake Rudock Jersey , entrepreneurship, industrial development and production capacity to boost our economic development," said Xi.
He said it is important to strike a balance between the speed of growth and the quality and efficiency of growth.
By implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, BRICS countries have the opportunity to achieve balanced economic Taylor Decker Jersey , social and environmental progress, and bring about interconnected and inclusive development, said Xi.
MADRID， Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Matchday 22 of Spain's Liga Santander gives us a preview of this season's King's Cup knockout competition as FC Barcelona visit Alaves on Saturday afternoon， while Real Madrid get back into action against an Osasuna who have yet to win at home all season.
Wednesday's second semi-final of the King's Cup saw a late goal from Edgar Mendez give Alaves a famous 1-0 win at home to Celta to book the first final appearance in the club's 95-year-history.
As luck would have it their rivals in that final are the next side to visit the Mendizorroza Stadium as Barca look to maintain their title challenge against a team that shocked the Camp Nou Stadium with a 2-1 away win earlier in the campaign.
Barca are without the injured Javier Mascherano， while Edgar will also miss the game after pulling a hamstring shortly after his historic goal.
Real Madrid meanwhile get back into action after their forced rest last weekend following the postponement of last weekend's schedule game in Vigo after wind damaged the Balaidos roof.
The face a trip to Pamplona and Osasuna's El Sadar Stadium， while once was one of the most difficult visits Madrid could make. However， although Osasuna have improved their football of late， the results have not accompanied them and they currently sit bottom of the table without a win in front of their fans all season.
Gareth Bale is still out of action， but Pepe， James Rodriguez and Marcelo are once again available for selection by Zinedine Zidane.
The weekend kicks off on Friday night as Espanyol look to make it four wins out of four with a difficult home game against fifth placed Real Sociedad.
Saturday starts with Valencia needing to recover from last weekend's 4-0 humiliation at home to Eibar. However， Voro Gonzalez's side have a difficult task away to a vastly improved Betis， who have yet to lose in the five home matches they have played under Victor Sanchez.