Five dead after US avalanches

In Montana’s Big Belt Mountains, the bodies of two snowmobiles caught in an avalanche were found by searchers early today and removed by helicopter later in the day.

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That avalanche happened yesterday at the base of Mount Baldy, about 32km from Townsend, Montana.

A survivor travelled the 25 or 30km back to the trailhead, initially by snowmobile and then on foot after the machine became stuck, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Cheryl Leidle said.

Upon reaching a pickup truck at the trailhead, he used a mobile phone to call for help.

“It would appear the avalanche drove them into a grove of trees downhill from the avalanche itself,” Leidle said.

Families of the snowmobiles issued a statement identifying the victims as Kris Rains, 26, and Brett Toney, 27, both of Townsend, and the survivor as Jason Crawford, 27, of Helena. Leidle described them as friends from the Townsend area.

In Utah, two snowmobiles died in separate avalanches yesterday.

Zachary Holmes, 16, of Farr West, was buried by an avalanche estimated to be 100 metres wide near Tower Mountain in the Uinta Mountains, about 20km southeast of Heber City, Utah, the Wasatch County sheriff’s office said.

Holmes was wearing a helmet and an avalanche beacon, deputy Michael Graves said. Following the beacon’s signal, his cousins found him and dug him out of the snow. He later died at the University of Utah Hospital, authorities said.

Earlier Saturday, a snowmobiler on Signal Peak in southwestern Utah triggered the avalanche that killed him, the Sevier County sheriff’s office said.

That man, whose name was not released, was climbing the back side of the peak when the avalanche buried him in an estimated 2.5 metres of snow, authorities said.

In Idaho, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho Falls confirmed the death of a Utah man in an avalanche near Palisade Peak. His name was not immediately available.

Baghdad poised for clampdown

As security forces moved into position dozens more people were killed in a spate of bomb and mortar attacks across the capital.

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Fifteen people were killed as they waited to buy petrol when two car bombs blew up in quick succession in south Baghdad. Seven people died after nightfall when four mortar shells rained down on a Shi’ite neighbourhood in south Baghdad.

Iraqi soldiers and National Guard policemen were stationed on the capital’s main eastern highway leading to the Shiite militia bastion of Sadr City, a repeated target of insurgents.

Access to Sadr City itself was controlled by soldiers and police commandos.

The sprawling district is the stronghold of the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia accused by US officials of leading the killing of Sunni Arabs amid the chronic sectarian conflict gripping Baghdad.

New control points were also established in the districts of Karrada, Rusafa, Mustansiriyah, Adhamiyah, all to the east of the Tigris river.

The security push will call upon on as many as 90,000 American and Iraqi troops and police in a third attempt to calm the capital in nine months.

“It’s going to be much more than this city has ever seen and it’s going to be a rolling surge,” Colonel Douglass Heckman, the senior adviser to the 9th Iraqi Army Division, said.

Two past security operations in the capital over the past nine months – Operations Together Forward I and II – have failed and the US blamed Iraqi authorities for failing to produce the number of troops promised.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said last week Iraqi troops who arrived to augment the newly assembled Baghdad force were only at about half the number promised.

‘Too long in coming’

A spokesman for the Sadr Movement, an important Shi’ite bloc in parliament, complained the security crackdown had been too long in coming, especially given the series of bombings that have devastated mainly Shi’ite marketplaces over the past weeks.

Falah Hassan, the Sadr bloc lawmaker and spokesman, said the delay “has negative consequences for the lives of the Iraqis”.

“We demand that the plan be executed as soon as possible because the terrorists are going too far in their vicious attacks,” Mr Hassan said.

The security sweep will be led by Lieutenant-General Abboud Gambar, who was named to the top position under pressure from the US after it rejected Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s first choice — Lt-Gen Mohan al-Freiji.

The security drive, for which US President George W Bush has dispatched 21,500 additional American forces, was seen by many as a last-chance effort to quell the sectarian violence ravaging the capital.

As the operation slowly began, suspected Shi’ite militiamen burned down three houses in the largely Sunni al-Amil district in south-west Baghdad. Casualties were not known.

Outside Baghdad, two key members of Sadr’s political and military organisation were killed, a sign that top ranks of the organisation continue to come under attack from both Sunni insurgents and US and Iraqi forces.

Ali Khazim, who ran Sadr’s political organisation in volatile Diyala province north-east of Baghdad, was reported killed on Sunday by US forces at his home in Howaider village, 19 km east of Baqouba.

The second Sadr organisation official, Khalil al-Maliki, a key figure in the Mahdi Army militia in Basra, was killed by three gunmen in a drive-by shooting yesterday. He survived an assassination attempt in the city last year.

Crucial Palestine talks ahead

If Saudi prestige and money as well as open-ended talks in Islam’s holy city of Mecca do not produce a power-sharing agreement, it’s unlikely anything will, analysts said.

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In recent months, Egypt, Syria and Qatar have tried in vain to end the bloody power struggle between the Islamic militant Hamas and the Fatah movement of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The talks, set to begin tomorrow, will be held in a guest palace overlooking the Kaba, the huge cube-like shrine toward which all Muslims pray.

President Abbas and his bitter rival, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, will be accompanied by large delegations.

The negotiations follow the bloodiest round yet in months of Hamas-Fatah fighting in Gaza, with 29 killed and scores wounded in four days, before a new truce took hold yesterday.

The clashes have deepened resentment and suspicion between the two sides, and might make it increasingly difficult to reach an elusive coalition deal.

However, the fighting also served as a reminder that neither side can win by force without causing massive damage and that failure in Mecca could be followed by an even deadlier round.

The two sides have been deadlocked since Hamas won elections last year January and took control of the cabinet and legislature.

Mr Abbas, elected separately a year earlier, continued to wield considerable power after the Hamas victory.

Last northern autumn, the two sides held talks on forming a coalition that President Abbas hoped would end the boycott the West clamped on the government after the victory of Hamas, which Israel, the US and the EU list as a terror group.

However, talks broke down repeatedly, and increasingly bloody battles broke out in Gaza. The disputes focus on the proposed coalition platform and who would have control over the security forces.

Ostensibly, the gaps are small — in the case of the program only a single word.

President Abbas has insisted Hamas promise to “commit” to previous PLO agreements, including interim peace deals with Israel. Hamas is only willing to say it “respects” such agreements.

The underlying problem appears to be deep mistrust and an unwillingness to share power.

Yet both sides might have a hard time saying no to the wealthy and regionally influential Saudis, particularly in a venue fraught with religious symbolism.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said the atmosphere might be tense at first because of the recent fighting, but he is heading to Mecca with a “sincere will” to reach a deal.

A leading militant in Gaza, Kamal al-Neirab, warned a failure of the talks “will be considered a decision to go to civil war”.

Ridsdale doesn’t remember George Pell

They shared a presbytery and had enough of a relationship for George Pell to accompany his fellow priest to court, yet Gerald Ridsdale has little recollection of the cardinal.

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That Australia’s worst pedophile priest has no memory of living with the nation’s most senior Catholic figure has angered victims, even though Cardinal Pell now says he’s prepared to appear in person before the child sex abuse royal commission’s Ballarat inquiry.

In his own much-anticipated appearance, Ridsdale maintained he remembered little of his former house mate.

Ridsdale told the commission he can’t remember any of the priests who lived at the Ballarat East presbytery with him in the early 1970s, even then Father Pell.

“I’ve been told that but I can’t remember actually being there with George,” Ridsdale said via videolink from prison.

“I can’t remember him in the house.

“I’ve never had much to do with him.”

Yet as a press photo shows, then Bishop Pell accompanied Ridsdale to his first court appearance in 1993.

He remembered they walked together to the Melbourne court but said he did not ask Bishop Pell what he would say.

“I think we were clutching at straws really,” Ridsdale said.

“I don’t know what benefit anyone coming to speak on my behalf, what benefit it would have been to me or to my cause, or to my hearing or sentence. But the barrister said we needed some people to come along and support me.”

Ridsdale said he did not discuss the offences with Cardinal Pell.

“No. I don’t think we discussed them. But they were public anyway, so he would have known,” Ridsdale said.

Ridsdale then said he could not remember if he had already pleaded guilty.

Cardinal Pell has said it was a mistake to show “priestly solidarity” that day, as he did not know the extent of Ridsdale’s crimes.

He has repeatedly denied allegations that he tried to bribe one abuse victim to keep quiet, ignored complaints and was complicit in moving Ridsdale to a different parish.

Cardinal Pell last week said he would answer all allegations in a statement but has now said he will appear in person at the inquiry if required.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that I am willing to give evidence should the commission request this, be it by statement, appearance by videolink or by attending personally,” he said.

Lawyer and Monash University doctoral researcher Judy Courtin, who has worked with Ballarat abuse victims, said Ridsdale’s selective memory was not credible.

“He’s remembering acute detail about certain events and at the same time he has no memory at all of living with George Pell.”

Atlas faces $160m hit to bottom line

Troubled iron ore miner Atlas is facing a hit of up to $160 million to its bottom line after a drop in the value of some of its mining assets.

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The Pilbara miner, which temporarily shut down three mines recently amid plunging iron ore prices, expects to book an impairment charge of $130-$160 million this financial year.

The charge reflects a 15 per cent fall in the carrying value of some assets following the fall in iron ore prices, Atlas said in a statement after the stock market closed on Wednesday.

“The impairment estimate does not impact the carrying value of the company’s operating mines and reduces only the carrying value of Atlas’ future growth assets, particularly the McPhee Creek project,” the statement said.

“While McPhee Creek is an important part of Atlas Pilbara project portfolio, it is currently not earmarked for development as part of the company’s near-term strategy.”

Atlas said the impairment charge would be partly offset by benefits reaped from the miner’s recent moves to keep itself afloat.

The miner in April was forced to suspended all mining operations and trading in its shares when iron ore prices dropped below $US50 a tonne, making Atlas unprofitable.

It entered crisis talks with its creditors and contractors, which resulted in Atlas signing collaboration agreements to help it reduce its breakeven price to $US50.

Atlas is also introducing lump iron ore sales to help increase revenues.

“The significant boost to cash flow from these cost savings and the sale of lump ore has helped to underpin the value of our assets and in the process ensures that we are comfortably ahead of the requirements contained in our debt covenants,” managing director Ken Brinsden said.

Hungry Dockers still chasing Hawks in AFL

Dockers midfielder Danyle Pearce says Hawthorn are still the team to chase despite Fremantle’s hot start to the AFL season.

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Fremantle have leapfrogged Hawthorn and Sydney into premiership favouritism after opening their year with eight straight wins.

Hawthorn are winners of the past two premierships, but are currently lagging in seventh spot with a 4-4 record.

Sydney (6-2) are well placed to lock down a top-two berth, but they are still two games and percentage adrift of the Dockers.

Fremantle will be aiming to make it nine straight wins when they take on the Crows in Saturday night’s clash at Adelaide Oval.

Pearce said Fremantle’s hunger remains as strong as ever despite their comfortable gap at the top of the table.

“Hawthorn are the back-to-back premiers. They’re the ones everyone’s chasing,” Pearce said.

“We can’t put our hand up and say we’ve done anything.

“We’re still hunting ourselves. That’s where the hunger is.

“We’re striving like 17 other teams to win a premiership.”

Fremantle boosted their football work by around 40 per cent during the pre-season, according to coach Ross Lyon.

Pearce said the willingness of players to train on Saturdays during the summer had paid massive dividends.

“Watching the Sydney and Hawthorn game over the weekend, it shows any game can go down to the last minute,” Pearce said.

“Just to know you have that fitness and running under your belt, it gives you the belief that no matter how long the game goes or how tight it is going to be, (at) 120 minutes you are still going to be as good as you are at the start.”

Pearce said the trust among the player group had also played a key role in the team’s stunning form.

“We have the confidence in each other,” Pearce said.

“I can look at any man alongside me and they can look at me and know that we are going to do the job we need to do – put our head over the ball and go backward with the flight.

“And that’s the one thing I can say about us at the moment, there is that trust and desire to get better and improve.

“The guy behind me will put his body on the line, and I will do the same.”

Pearce has been in career-best form this season, with the former Power star averaging 23 possessions a game to go with his seven goals.

I wasn’t punished for Warriors move: Luke

South Sydney NRL hooker Issac Luke says slipping form was why he lost his starting spot and he wasn’t being punished for signing with the New Zealand Warriors.

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The New Zealand international has been listed to start for Saturday’s match against the Gold Coast Titans.

In recent weeks he has been named on the bench behind youngster Cameron McInnes, though he did actually start against Parramatta last week after initially being listed as an interchange player.

The fact he was demoted soon after revealing he was moving on at the end of the season prompted speculation he might have been punished for leaving the Rabbitohs burrow.

“That’s got nothing to do with it, I live by the standards at this club,” Luke said on Wednesday.

“If you don’t live by them … I’m one to reinforce them as well.

“There’s specific things in my game that I like to hold myself accountable to, standards that obviously I haven’t been reaching, but it’s up to me.”

Luke didn’t want to specify which areas of his game had dropped, but felt he had turned things around by ticking off “a lot of boxes” in the round before last against Melbourne.

He had plenty of praise for 21-year old highly regarded utility and 2014 Junior Kangaroos representative McIness, who recently signed a new deal with the Rabbitohs.

“He comes to training every day and he just wants to better himself and it’s going to pay off,” Luke said.

“Me and Cam are learning off each other every day as well as we feed off each other’s energy.

“To be able to play with him and have a last year with him is going to be good.

“The game is starting to bring Cam’s kind of player role into the game.

“He can play anywhere – give him a number he’ll play it, he doesn’t really care where he is, that’s a utility role.

“I’m just happy to be out there with him.

“I think I’ve done enough mentoring. He’s going to take over soon, so I’m going to relax and enjoy my time with him.”

WA elders concerned government may ‘forget’ rights on referendum anniversary

On 27 May nearly 50 years ago, the federal government held a referendum asking Australians if parts of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia that discriminated against the country’s First Peoples should be removed.

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The outcome resulted in two amendments that gave the federal government the power to make laws for Indigenous people and include them in the national census.

But Aboriginal elders from the Kimberley in Western Australia say they want to ensure anniversary commemorations do not overshadow their work to ensure basic rights they have not yet been afforded.

Aboriginal resource agency the Marra Worra Worra Corporation has brought a petition from its home in remote Western Australia to Parliament House in ACT with more than 40,000 signatures protesting against the planned closures of some remote Aboriginal communities by the Barnett government, a move that was announced last year.

Dickie Bedford of the Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation told NITV News, “In six months, there was not one opportunity for genuine dialogue and finding genuine solutions. Thus far, I have no confidence in them.”

“For all the problematic issues you might want to spruik out there in terms of our appalling statistics, they have the potential to double if these communities were to close.”

Community closures are back on the agenda at the same time as the Prime Minister has announced a meeting with Labor and Indigenous leaders in Sydney next month on Australia’s next referendum.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said it could happen on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 vote.

“The Coalition has said we think it’s very important to hold it in 2017, it’s a very symbolic time to do it,” Mr Scullion said.

The 1967 vote was Australia’s most successful referendum ever, with a 90 percent “yes” vote to alter the Constitution.

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Ridsdale victim says he’s not so powerful

Stephen Woods stood up to get a closer look at the 81-year-old in the dark green prison jumper on the screen.

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The priest who had raped the 14-year-old after he had gone to him for advice about his sexuality was no longer two to three times his size.

“When I stood up and looked at him, he was my size,” Mr Woods said of seeing Gerald Francis Ridsdale.

“This time I wasn’t a kid, I was a man.

“I saw him and I thought, `You know, you’re not so powerful any more’.”

Mr Woods hasn’t seen Ridsdale since the second of his four court cases, when he was jailed in 1994 for 18 years for abusing Mr Woods and 20 other victims.

Though hurt that Ridsdale doesn’t remember the names of any of his victims, Mr Woods is focused on the child sex abuse royal commission uncovering the full story behind the widespread abuse by clergy in the Ballarat diocese.

“We know as he said to his sister that `there were hundreds of victims’, so the fact that you’re not even remembered doesn’t even matter. He’s in jail.”

It is Ridsdale’s lack of memory of what the Catholic Church and its leaders knew about him that has really angered victims.

“He could have been stopped before he raped me,” Mr Woods, 53, said.

“So many of these people, much of this crime could have been stopped if only people had taken the right and the moral and the spiritual attitude to stop these monsters, and they didn’t.

“They only thought about the Church.”

David Ridsdale was still processing the impact of seeing his uncle and abuser giving evidence via videolink from jail to the royal commission.

“I’m just having to keep it bottled up and I will deal with that later,” he said.

“I was pleased he didn’t look like my grandfather.”

For David Ridsdale and others, the defrocked priest’s “selective Vatican memory” has left them with more questions instead of the answers they had hoped to hear.

David Ridsdale said it was the first time he had heard his uncle admit he hurt children, and he and clergy abuse victim Andrew Collins were cynical about the admission.

“I don’t think anybody looked at that and felt that that was heartfelt at all,” Mr Collins said.

WA searchers closer to finding meteorite

Scientists are closer to finding a meteorite that flashed over Western Australia’s south more than two months ago, after narrowing the search area.

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Dozens of people spotted the bright, white light speeding across the Perth and South West skies on March 9.

Professor Phil Bland, who leads Curtin University’s Desert Fireball Network, said dashcam footage provided by eyewitnesses only provided a narrow range of angles that would indicate where the fireball came from and where it was going.

“We’re still working on that one,” Prof Bland told AAP.

“All the observations were from Perth.

“It’s kind of like trying to see something in 3D and you can only see a couple of inches either side.

“What we’ve had to do is go back to all those sites where the videos were taken, make a 3D laser scan of the entire site, put that into a computer … and then we move a kind of virtual camera through a 3D recreation of the site, working out every angle frame by frame.

“But we have narrowed it down, pretty well within 10km or so of where we might find it.”

The DFN, which is part of the Fireballs in the Sky citizen science project, has taken spectacular images of incoming meteorites using a network of cameras in Australia’s desert regions.

“Up until now, there’s not really been a way that anyone’s had for watching what’s happening routinely in the southern hemisphere in terms of what’s hitting the atmosphere, what’s coming down to earth.

“It’s kind of exciting to be able to do that.

“We’ve been working our arse off to build this thing and design all the software … we’ve really just opened the book.”

‘Pies expect big AFL test against North

Just as North Melbourne must start proving their AFL credentials, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is talking up Sunday’s clash as a massive test.

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The MCG match will be the first time this season that the Magpies have played a team that finished in the top four last year.

Collingwood are in reasonable shape with a 5-3 start, but last year’s finalists Geelong and Richmond have beaten them.

Now they face the Kangaroos, who are smarting after a 73-point belting from unbeaten Fremantle.

The thrashing has fuelled ongoing doubts about North’s credentials.

“We’re expecting a really fiery contest,” Buckley said.

“We’re expecting that North will want to put a stamp on their season as well.

“We’re going to have to perform well against our standards over a full four-quarter game to earn this result against a good opponent.

“It’s a massive test for us – in some areas, it’s going to really test us, in others there are opportunities for us to take advantage of.”

Buckley said the season so far had been a massive learning curve for the Magpies, who are trying to break back into the top eight after last year’s 11th place.

“We need to perform well against the best opposition and we’re still yet to prove that,” he said.

After a spate of early-season injuries, the `Pies are growing in health.

Defender Jack Frost should play after hurting a hamstring in last weekend’s win over Gold Coast, while Alan Toovey (jarred knee) could return.

One player who returned last week was small forward Alex Fasolo, who had five games in the VFL.

Buckley bristled on Wednesday when asked about him, saying that Fasolo had put in a strong performance against the Suns and played a good team game.

“What’s the fascination with `Faz’?,” Buckley said.

“I don’t get it – he’s a Collingwood footballer.

“He has a lot of talent and he’s a young player who’s finding his way.”

Cunneen may face criminal charges

High-ranking NSW prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC faces possible criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings after the state’s corruption watchdog passed on evidence to the DPP.

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Ms Cunneen dealt a serious blow the ICAC’s authority when she successfully questioned its ability to investigate claims she had advised her son Stephen Wylie’s girlfriend Sophia Tilley to fake chest pains at the scene of a car crash to avoid being breath-tested.

The case made it to the High Court, which last month ruled the ICAC had strayed beyond its powers when it launched Operation Hale, in a decision that threw into doubt many of the commission’s past and present inquiries.

Now the commission has referred the case to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions so that his office can consider laying charges against Ms Cunneen, Mr Wylie and Ms Tilley of giving false evidence to the ICAC and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The charges, if proven, carry maximum jail sentences of five and 14 years respectively.

“The decision to refer the evidence is being taken by the Commission after an assessment of the reliability of the material which is to hand,” the watchdog said in a statement.

The task of deciding whether Ms Cunneen and her family members should face criminal proceedings could ultimately fall to an expert outside the NSW legal fraternity.

“The Commission’s referral to the DPP also allows for the appointment of an appropriately qualified independent person from outside NSW to undertake that task,” the ICAC said.

“In addition to considering criminal offences, it may be necessary for the DPP to consider whether disciplinary proceedings should be taken against Ms Cunneen.”

A spokeswoman for the DPP was unable to make further comment when contacted on Wednesday morning.

Comment was being sought from Ms Cunneen.

Same-sex marriage vote ‘should be owned by Parliament’: Abbott

Tony Abbott has given the strongest signal yet that he will allow a free vote in the Liberal Party room on same-sex marriage, but doesn’t want to be rushed by Labor.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Tuesday made a surprise announcement that he’ll move a marriage equality bill in parliament next Monday, seconded by his deputy, Tanya Plibersek.

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Mr Shorten challenged Mr Abbott on Wednesday to allow Liberal MPs a free vote, which would unlock support which was not there in 2012 when the bill last came to parliament and failed.

Mr Abbott, who personally opposes same-sex marriage but senses a change of heart among Australians, said Labor was going about it the wrong way.

“If our parliament were to make a big decision on a matter such as this, it ought to be owned by the parliament and not by any particular party,” he said.

The prime minister met Liberal-National MP Warren Entsch, a strong supporter of same-sex marriage, on Monday to discuss progressing the issue by the end of this year.

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But it would only be put on the agenda after the parliament passes key elements of the budget, such as the small business package.

Mr Entsch said he was surprised and disappointed by Labor’s pre-emptive move.

“This is Bill trying to get himself a headline, trying to build up some relevance,” Mr Entsch told the ABC.

“We’ve been quietly working on this to get an orderly bipartisan arrangement … and I think people look at it very cynically.”

Mr Abbott said Liberal MPs would be given a “very full, frank and candid and decent” debate about the issue in the party room.

The prime minister acknowledged there were differing views in the Liberal party and within his own family.

The issue needed to be treated with respect, he said.

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie said many people were angry with Mr Shorten’s move.

“Bill Shorten is milking it for everything it’s worth,” she said.

Senator Lambie wants a plebiscite on the issue as does fellow independent Glenn Lazarus.

“We should just deal with it and deal with it now,” Senator Lazarus said.

Mr Shorten dismissed suggestions he was being politically opportunistic.

“Politics is about timing and momentum,” he said, adding that the successful Irish referendum on the issue made it timely to act in Australia.

The Greens, who have their own bill, have called for a cross-party meeting to discuss how to progress the issue.

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson on Wednesday said they remained opposed to changing marriage laws.

Mr Billson objects to the use of the term “marriage” for same-sex couples, preferring to call it a “committed life partnership”.

Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne said if the same-sex marriage bill were to go ahead properly, it should be moved by a member of one party and seconded by a member of another.

“The parliament should own this debate, down the track,” Mr Pyne told 2GB radio on Wednesday.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said all members of parliament should have a conscience vote on the issue.

“I don’t care who moves a bill if we get this reform done, which I think Australians are ready for,” Mr Albanese said.

Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne said if the same-sex marriage bill were to go ahead properly, it should be moved by a member of one party and seconded by a member of another.

“The parliament should own this debate, down the track,” Mr Pyne told 2GB radio on Wednesday.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said all members of parliament should have a conscience vote on the issue.

“I don’t care who moves a bill if we get this reform done, which I think Australians are ready for,” Mr Albanese said.