It has been a long and horrible journey, but at last gender and sexual identity no longer limits your right to marry.

It has been a long and horrible journey, but at last gender and sexual identity no longer limits your right to marry.

Congratulations to all my friends who will now be planning weddings!

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  1. Hopefully it pleases Her Majesty to assent.

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  2. Her Majesty does not actually have that power any more. Not in Aus. The Governor General is appointed as the executor of the government, and represents the Queen, but the two duties are distinct, even if embodied in the one person.

    John Samuel​ you're more up on this than I, how far off the mark is my memory?

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  3. Oh, and is appointed by the party that forms Government, not by the Queen.

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  4. If she, or her heirs, didn't have that power via their appointed representative, the Constitution would be of no effect.

    The appointment is meant to come from her. It is my understanding that since around 1973 the accepted practice has been for the government here to make a recommendation for appointment. The power to do so is still hers.

    She, through the appointed GG, can exercise her reserved right to withhold assent.

    Anyway, the point of my previous comment was that there was one final step to be completed to becoming law prior to being gazetted.

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  5. The Governor General said he would be in Canberra and available for signing in the next two weeks.

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  6. The Governor General is who the Prime Minister says for as long as the Prime Minister says. And the Queen has precisely zero role in the appointment or removal of such.

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  7. Deryk Robosson the Queen doing so, even if technically correct, would be a constitutional shit storm to make the Dismissal look like a minor disagreement.

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  8. That doesn't jive with the Constitution, nor with the powers of the governor general. You are aware that the prime minister doesn't constitutionally exist yes?

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  9. Heh a shit storm, like the one the current muppets are experiencing? :)

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  10. Deryk Robosson not in the written constitution per se, but clearly defined in the accepted conventions that surround the Constitution.

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  11. Deryk Robosson what’s happening at the moment re s44 is relatively minor.

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  12. I see it differently. The whole foreign power thing is actually a very big elephant that they've hatched quite well and keep hidden in the corner.

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  13. Deryk Robosson Shrugs. There might be a baton change if enough by-elections happen and go against the government but that’s relatively minor.

    And given that that’s happened before, and during a major war as well, I’m not terribly concerned by that. The precedents for baton changes on the floor are fairly clear.

    There’s no significant constitutional issues at play with s44, just a failure of due diligence on the part of several politicians.

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