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Motion and summation of amendments to the Marriage Amendment (Definition & Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Thursday, 07 December 2017

MR HAWKE (Mitchell) (12:23): I move the amendments 1 to 13 as circulated in my name together. The amendments here are relatively straightforward. I say the House today these amendments are examples of ways we can improve this bill in consistent application with the intention of the bill and of the Australian people. This isn't about delay or obfuscation. And when you consider the substantive matters that are in this amendment, we are getting at the arrangements directly of the Commander of the Defence Forces, the CDF, who we have direct responsibility for in Australia.

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Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Mr Deputy Speaker, 50.9 per cent of the constituents in my electorate voted no to the question that the government put in the postal survey on marriage. I want to say to the constituents of Mitchell that I'll be voting to respect the national outcome, but also the majority of the people in Mitchell who voted no. I will not be opposing the passage of this bill but instead will be seeking amendments—moving an amendment myself, and joining with colleagues to support other amendments—to secure what I regard as vital freedoms for religion, conscience and thought in Australia.

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