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Liberal senator Dean Smith to vote against plebiscite

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A government senator is threatening to help scuttle a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, saying the idea of a national poll is so abhorrent to him that he could not support it

Dean Smith, the Liberal Party's first openly gay politician in federal parliament, told Fairfax Media today he could not "countenance a proposition that threatens to undermine the democratic compact that has seen Australia emerge as one of the most stable parliamentary democracies in the world".

He will either cross the floor to vote against the bill or abstain from the vote.

Liberal Senator Dean Smith won't support the plebiscite. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Liberal Senator Dean Smith won't support the plebiscite.
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