Thursday, 7 December 2017
Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017; Consideration in Detail
I want to thank the members of the government for the spirit of their contribution. But I have to respond to the member for Grayndler because, up until this point, we had an understanding that we would move this without tit for tat contributions. I will not be lectured on the question of posturing when we're in this position because an amendment was passed to the Marriage Act several years ago that you supported. And we had a situation where we introduced legislation to the parliament to remove discrimination years ago, and it wasn't allowed to be voted on. So I'm disappointed. In my contribution to this debate, no criticism of the opposition was put forward. We're not going to call a division on this. We're going to support this bill going through. I urge the member for Grayndler to pull his head in because today should not be about making points against each other. Today is a rare opportunity for people across the parties to come together and make sure that love is put first. Let's get back to that and let's get this vote happening.