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Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017


Type
Private
Originating house
Senate
Status
Assent
Sponsor
SMITH, Sen Dean

Summary

Amends the: Marriage Act 1961 to: redefine marriage as ‘a union of two people’; introduce non-gendered language so that the requirements of the Act apply equally to all marriages; enable same-sex marriages that have been, or will be, solemnised under the law of a foreign country to be recognised in Australia; amend the definition of ‘authorised celebrant’ to include new categories of religious marriage celebrants and certain Australian Defence Force officers; enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017; and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination.

Progress of bill

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Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15/11/17  
Second reading moved 15/11/17  
Second reading debate 16/11/17  
Second reading debate 27/11/17  
Second reading debate 28/11/17  
Second reading agreed to 28/11/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 28/11/17 Amendment details: 8 amendments moved by Senator Brandis agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 29/11/17  
Third reading debated 29/11/17  
Third reading agreed to 29/11/17  
     
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04/12/17  
Second reading moved 04/12/17  
Second reading debate 04/12/17  
Second reading debate 05/12/17  
Second reading debate 06/12/17  
Second reading debate 07/12/17  
Second reading agreed to 07/12/17  
Consideration in detail debate 07/12/17  
Third reading debated 07/12/17  
Third reading agreed to 07/12/17  
     
Finally passed both Houses 07/12/17  
Assent 08/12/17 Act no: 129 - Year: 2017
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • [8328 revised]
FAWCETT, Sen David
PATERSON, Sen James

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  • [sheet 8333 revised]
BRANDIS, Sen George
CANAVAN, Sen Matthew

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  • [sheet 8330]
FAWCETT, Sen David
PATERSON, Sen James

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  • [sheet 8329]
FAWCETT, Sen David
PATERSON, Sen James

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  • [sheet 8327]
FAWCETT, Sen David
PATERSON, Sen James

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  • [sheet 8326]
FAWCETT, Sen David
PATERSON, Sen James

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  • [sheet 8334]
BRANDIS, Sen George

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  • Australian Greens [8299]
RICE, Sen Janet

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  • Liberal Democratic Party [sheet 8321 revised]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

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  • Pauline Hanson's One Nation [sheet 8332]
HANSON, Sen Pauline
BURSTON, Sen Brian
GEORGIOU, Sen Peter

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House of Representatives
  • Non-Government [revised]
HASTIE, Andrew, MP

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  • Non-Government
HENDERSON, Sarah, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
MORRISON, Scott, MP

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  • Non-Government
SUKKAR, Michael, MP

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  • Non-Government [sheet 1]
HAWKE, Alex, MP

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  • Non-Government
BROAD, Andrew, MP

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes