Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Father's Day

3:38 pm

Photo of Barry O'SullivanBarry O'Sullivan (Queensland, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Bushby, Abetz, Reynolds, Seselja and Gichuhi, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) Father's Day recognises the contribution that fathers make to their children's lives, and is celebrated by millions of families on the first Sunday of September every year, and

  (ii) Dads4Kids Father's Day advertisements have been aired on Australian television since 2002 without being classed as political;

(b) rejects any determination that implies honouring the role of the father on Father's Day is a political message; and

(c) laments that public discourse has entered a phase where it is debated whether the image of a father singing a lullaby to his child is a contentious political message.


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