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Behind the News: Conscience Votes/Food Waste/Leap Second/China Kids/Hope Street
Conscience Votes/Food Waste/Leap Second/China Kids/Hope Street
ABC Me  |  June 2, 2015
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With the issue of marriage equality in the headlines again, there's a debate going on amongst Australia's politicians over whether or not it should be decided by a conscience vote. We look at a conscience votes are and why political parties may or may not allow them to decide controversial issues. Plus there's teacher resources for our stories on Food Waste and China Kids.

With the issue of marriage equality in the headlines again, there's a debate going on amongst Australia's politicians over whether or not it should be decided by a conscience vote. We look at a conscience votes are and why political parties may or may not allow them to decide controversial issues. Plus there's teacher resources for our stories on Food Waste and China Kids.

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