Marriage equality: five Liberal MPs back Dean Smith’s bill ahead of bruising debate

Advocates support Smith’s bill, which forces Coalition to resolve whether to allow a conscience vote in parliament

Five Liberal MPs released an unprecedented joint statement in support of Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill, attracting overwhelming support from advocates as the Liberal party prepared for a bruising debate in a special party room meeting.

But the outcome of the issue remains in play, as Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure from supporters to allow a free vote and opponents urge him to stick to the policy of a plebiscite.

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Trump ‘not discussing’ firing Mueller as Russia pressure mounts – Conway

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused on Sunday to say if Donald Trump will commit to not firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating links between Trump aides and Russia who has empanelled a grand jury in Washington.

Related: White House as crime scene: how Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump

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Chicago will sue Trump administration over sanctuary cities grant threat

  • Rahm Emanuel: police officers ‘will not be political pawns in a debate’
  • AG Sessions threatened to withhold funds over treatment of migrants

Chicago will sue the Trump administration on Monday, over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Sunday.

Related: Migrant deaths at US-Mexico border increase 17% this year, UN figures show

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NSW accused of ‘running scared’ after postponing review of water regulations

Greens’ Jeremy Buckingham says Coalition government frightened of public scrutiny following allegations of water theft in Murray-Darling basin

Water regulations due to be reviewed and updated on 1 September have been postponed for another year by the New South Wales government following the controversy over allegations of water theft in the Barwon-Darling region of the Murray-Darling basin.

The Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham accused the NSW Coalition of running scared over the recent scrutiny of state water management following the Four Corners program.

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