Senate debates

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Bills

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017; In Committee

8:43 pm

Photo of Concetta Fierravanti-WellsConcetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Smith, you might be satisfied but there are legal ramifications that flow. I'm sorry, but a simple assurance from you is not sufficient for a number of these charities. I've been involved in the not-for-profit sector for many, many years and I really do believe that those charities are entitled to a firm legal position. With all due respect, Senator Smith, I take your assurance and I take it on face value but I really think they deserve a bit more than a simple assurance.

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