Tuesday, 13 September 2016
In question time today the Prime Minister described me as a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage. Not only has my indication that I would support same-sex marriage, or marriage equality, been made clear; the Prime Minister and I have had a conversation about the fact that I would vote in favour of it if it were raised again.
The Prime Minister said I was opposed to marriage equality. That is absolutely untrue. I favour marriage equality. He knows that, and I was deliberately misrepresented by the Prime Minister. It is not a good start to this debate.
Yes, I did. In question time today the Prime Minister, when he answered the opposition, claimed I said a set of words. I did not say those words. To assist the House, I said, 'Ask Gina, like Barnaby does.' I think the Prime Minister should come and immediately correct the record.
I would say to the member for McEwen that he has made his personal explanation. The best way to avoid this in the future is to cease interjecting. Now he has said it, I will also caution him to refer to members by their correct titles, even when he is interjecting.