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Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps
ENTSCH, Warren, MP; GAMBARO, Teresa, MP; BUTLER, Terri, MP; FERGUSON, Laurie, MP; BANDT, Adam, MP; MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP; WILKIE, Andrew, MP


Amends the: Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 17/08/15  
Second reading moved 17/08/15  
Referred to Federation Chamber 19/08/15  
Second reading debate 07/09/15  
Second reading debate 14/09/15  
Second reading debate 12/10/15  
Second reading debate 19/10/15  
Second reading debate 09/11/15  
Second reading debate 23/11/15  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest