Senate debates

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee; Reference

12:01 pm

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 September 2015:

     The matter of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) an assessment of the content and implications of a question to be put to electors;

(b) an examination of the resources required to enact such an activity, including the question of the contribution of Commonwealth funding to the 'yes' and 'no' campaigns;

(c) an assessment of the impact of the timing of such an activity, including the opportunity for it to coincide with a general election;

(d) whether such an activity is an appropriate method to address matters of equality and human rights;

(e) the terms of the Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015 currently before the Senate; and

(f) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.