Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey results – live

On Wednesday the Australian Bureau of Statistics announces the result of the voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage. Follow all the news and reaction

9.53pm GMT

Supporters of the yes campaign have gathered in public areas across the country, including at an official event at Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park, Melbourne’s State Library, Queens Park in Brisbane, and Perth’s Northbridge Plaza (where it will only be 7am in the WA timezone).

A stack of parties and festivities are also planned, amid optimism about the result.

Early start this #marriageequality morning for a #rainbow #balloon ride over #CBR #Canberra

Getting ready to head into the city for the result announcement at the State Library… more than a bit nervous

We welcome @PrincessCruises #GoldenPrincess as she sails into #Sydney leading with a rainbow banner at the bow of the ship, in anticipation of the historic #MarriageEquality result.

9.39pm GMT

Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the results of the same sex marriage postal survey.

At 10am AEDT the Australian Bureau of Statistics will reveal the outcome of the incredibly controversial, painful, and drawn out voluntary postal survey.

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Senate Republicans aim to end Obamacare mandate amid tax cuts

Senators reveal plans in surprise announcement day after Donald Trump calls for repeal, as lawmakers seek revenue in effort to slash taxes

Senate Republicans have said they are intent on repealing the Obama healthcare law requirement that Americans get health insurance, targeting the provision as a way to pay for GOP legislation cutting corporate taxes and individual rates.

The surprise renewal of the failed effort to repeal the law’s mandate came a day after Donald Trump renewed pressure on GOP lawmakers to include the repeal in their tax overhaul legislation.

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