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Aust Government Expected To Confirm Date For Plebiscite

The government is expected to name February 11 next year as the date for the plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

Australians will be asked: "Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?", Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday.

The Turnbull government is also reportedly leaning towards public funding for the yes and no cases of the debate.

Cabinet considered the date, question and funding on Monday night and its decision is expected to go before the coalition joint party room on Tuesday.

The ABC has reported that cabinet has agreed to allocate $7.5 million in public funding each to the yes and no campaigns.

Labor opposes the plebiscite, which is expected to cost at least $160 million, and does not want taxpayers' money spent on the yes and no cases.

The opposition and crossbenchers presented private bills to parliament on Monday to change marriage laws.

AAP

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