Tony Abbott rules out same-sex marriage vote on election day

After a special Coalition party-room meeting on Tuesday rejected proposals to give members a free vote on the issue, the prime minister pledged to take it to the people, through a plebiscite or referendum.

On Sunday, he ruled out holding a public poll at the same time as the federal election.

Postpone Burundi elections, opposition leader says

Elections should not be held in current conditions, characterized by insecurity and by lack of freedom of expression and movement, said Agathon Rwasa who's vying for the presidency as an independent candidate.

There is intimidation and assassination of opposition figures and more than 127,000 people have fled the country for fear of violence, Rwasa said in a telephone interview.