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Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Page: 5833


The PRESIDENT (15:35): In accordance with standing order 69(6) I present this petition as presented to me in my capacity as President of the Senate. I do not have any association with this petition. Further to the provisions of this standing order I hereby place my name at the beginning of this petition and declare that eight persons have signed this petition.

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

Changing the legal definition of marriage would have profound consequences for our society. All Australians deserve to have their say about its future.

In 2016 the Coalition Government was re-elected after promising to hold a plebiscite to settle Australia's long-running marriage debate.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate respects the will of the Australian people and passes enabling legislation for a plebiscite on marriage to be held.

by Senator Parry (from 8 citizens)

Petition received.