Minister says non-compulsory plebiscite would not need Senate approval and be a ‘much cleaner process’ than a private member or Labor bill

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has called for a voluntary postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, while pushing back against his moderate Liberal colleagues’ attempts to bring on a conscience vote.

Dutton also used a Sunday morning interview to defend his appointment to the new home affairs portfolio, and launched another attack on the ABC, describing it as a culturally-flawed “worker’s collective” that had deviated from its charter.

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