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Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Page: 8975


Senator FAWCETT (South AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (13:11): As I discussed before, out of the context of the Senate select committee the intent is to provide the same provision to celebrants that ministers of religion have, because of the human rights they have—and extend that. And, again, because the obligation under international law is to only limit to the extent necessary, as we heard in evidence, there are many other people who would be very willing to provide the service. So that is the basis for that amendment.