Former prime minister asks whether it would be ‘authoritative’ after lawyers suggest it would breach the constitution

Tony Abbott has raised questions about whether a postal plebiscite would be “authoritative” ahead of a special meeting of the Liberal party room late on Monday to consider marriage equality.

With federal cabinet and the wider ministry also meeting on Monday to consider a postal plebiscite, among other issues, Abbott told 2GB a postal plebiscite would be “certainly better than ramming the thing through the parliament without any vote”.

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