Senate debates

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Questions without Notice

Marriage

2:26 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

and they refused to engage in a good faith discussion with us. Last night the government authorised the release of an exposure draft of a marriage amendment bill which will form the basis of a community discussion as to how, in the unlikely event that there is now a plebiscite, the matter would come before the parliament.

Can I, in closing, appeal to the crossbench. It is not too late, Senator Hinch and other members of the crossbench, to reconsider your position, to give Australians the marriage equality you say they deserve, and to give it to them within four months by supporting this bill.

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