The decision by Queensland's parliament to approve civil unions is a welcome development but falls short of the marriage equality reform Australia wants, the Australian Greens said.
"The ALP should be changing its national platform, because that's the progressive thing to do," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.
"Most Australians support marriage equality and as part of bringing Australia into line with other progressive countries such as Canada, the Greens' bill to achieve marriage equality will be put before the federal parliament in 2012.
"In the absence of the major parties adopting a policy of marriage equality, at the very least their leaders should let their members have a free vote on our bill.
"The leaders of both Labor and the opposition are out of step with most Australians on this. They should listen to what surveys say most voters want - marriage equality."