The "Sea of Hearts" display launched in support of marriage equality yesterday.
Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek insists the best possible option is a free vote in Parliament this week or next. She rejected claims that a public vote could be a "unifying moment" for Australia.
"The government is giving every Australian a say on the issue of marriage, because we promised to do so, and we keep our promises", Turnbull said.
"It is exposing our children to that kind of hatred".
Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong said that some lawmakers in the ruling coalition would never vote for marriage equality, regardless of public opinion.
"I was hopeful that the issue would have been addressed a lot sooner".
The latest attempt to resurrect the debate around same-sex marriage was triggered after a group of rebel politicians inside the government began a push to ditch the plebiscite as official government policy.
The ABC reported on Friday the government is likely to rush its Bill through Parliament next week, to minimise the distribution of hateful advertising material being distributed as part of the same-sex marriage vote. The government earlier this week said if the bill was voted down in the Senate, then a voluntary non-binding postal vote would occur - also at a cost of nearly $100 million, ABC reported. "If you're anxious about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don't like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".
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"The most powerful act of resistance and defiance is to vote Yes for equality", he said.
His sister, Christine Forster, Liberal councillor in Sydney, has been engaged to her same-sex partner Virginia Edwards for almost four years and wants gay marriage across the country.
Mr Abbott vowed to respect the majority view of Australians.
"We have, ever since Foundation, been a proud nation, a nation which people migrated to - to the extent that it eventually had to be restricted", she wrote.
In his speech, Mr Shorten said Labor would stand with LGBTI people.
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Tim finished the video with a short message encouraging fans to vote writing: "I think the proposed plebiscite on marriage equality is noxious and obnoxious". The government will then default to plan B - a $122 million, non-compulsory postal plebiscite, the result of which will be announced in November 15.
Or if the suffragettes had decided fighting for women's rights was simply too hard.
Finance Minister and Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann will reintroduce a bill for the traditional plebiscite to the Senate but it is not expected to pass.