Senate debates

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


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

1:47 pm

Photo of Ian MacdonaldIan Macdonald (Queensland, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

(In division) Is the amendment relating to the definition able to be separated from the amendment relating to celebrants?

The CHAIR: I believe that that question has been put, Senator Macdonald. All of the amendments on sheet 8326 were moved, by leave, together. However, they are separate questions.

Which one are we voting on now?

The CHAIR: Amendments (1) to (19), (21) to (23), (25), (27) to (38), and (40) to (44) on sheet 8326.

Can someone help me? Is that the issue on the definition or on the celebrants?

Government senators: Both. They're all together.

I'm asking: can they be split?

An opposition senator: No.

The CHAIR: Senator Macdonald, they have been moved, by leave, together. The Senate has already agreed that all of the amendments on sheet 8326 be moved together. However, we have separated them out in the manner I've just described so that the first question is that the amendments be agreed to and the second question is that schedule 1 stand as printed.

I'm asking if the different amendments can be voted on separately.

An opposition senator: No.

The CHAIR: The answer is no.

I'm asking the Chair—thank you for your help!

Honourable senators interjecting—

I'm exercising an informed vote on this, unlike those numpties over there, who are just doing what they are being told to do.

The CHAIR: Senator Macdonald, please resume your seat.

Honourable senators interjecting—

The CHAIR: I remind senators to be respectful. This has been a respectful debate; let's keep it that way. I've made my point, Senator Macdonald. I've made my point that the Senate has made its decision. Senator Birmingham?

An honourable senator: He can't speak if he's not in his chair.

The CHAIR: Senator Birmingham, you can't move now.

Honourable senators interjecting—

The CHAIR: Order! I am seeking to keep the debate respectful and keep people orderly. Senator Birmingham, you have the call.


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