Senate debates

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bills

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

12:16 pm

Photo of Louise PrattLouise Pratt (WA, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water) Share this | Hansard source

( The reason we're here today is that there are enough of us who were able to work together to get a consensus to have a bill ready, straight after the nation said yes, so we can get this done. This means that we've worked through issues like transitioning arrangements for civil celebrants and, indeed, affirming within the existing antidiscrimination law and within the Marriage Act the right of religions to practice their own doctrine within the way they practice marriage. For those reasons, Labor will not be supporting the Greens amendments today.

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