Australian govt expected to pass same-sex marriage bill

updated By Tepara Koti

Australia will become the 24th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage should they pass the Marriage Amendment Bill currently before parliament.

The bill has been thoroughly debated by Australian members of parliament and a final vote is imminent.

A nationwide survey took place last month for Australians to vote on whether they supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage.  16 million voters were eligible to vote and 79.5% or 12.7 million participated.

61.6% voted "yes" in the postal survey.

Māori Television's Kawekōrero Reporters show spoke to Māori living in Australia on the push for the Same-sex Marriage Bill, watch their clip here:

New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage four years ago, at the time, New Zealand was the 13th country in the world to do so.

Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill had its third reading as the public gallery overflowed with people who'd waited a long time for the historic moment. 

Watch the highlights from 2013 here: