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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.
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.
The Hon Alex Hawke MP
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Subjects: same sex marriage, Sam Dastyari, foreign donations, citizenship, by-elections
I welcome the decision of Cabinet to establish a panel of eminent people led by Philip Ruddock to consider the adequacy of legislative religious protections.
Today’s announcement demonstrates the strong leadership and commitment of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison to protections for religious freedom and the five million Australians who voted No.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, has encouraged the local community to pause on Remembrance Day, on Saturday 11 November 2017 and reflect on the Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation.
Remembrance Day marks the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918 and is now a day for Australians to observe one minute’s silence at 11 am in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts,” Alex Hawke said.