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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9183


Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (12:37): This is indeed a great moment in history. Today the nation is consigning discriminatory laws to the dustbin of history. Today this parliament has said yes to equality; it has said yes to love. There are so many people to thank right across the country. I won't thank them by name, but there are many of those people here today. I want to thank you so much for your wonderful work and for all the hope you have given us through this campaign. I want to thank those people right across the country who have knocked on doors, who have had conversations—many of them difficult conversations—and who have helped us as a community to come together. I want to thank my Greens colleagues and those who have gone before me: Senator Bob Brown and Christine Milne. I want to thank my current team, and particularly Janet Rice for stewarding us through this great moment. Thank you, Janet. I want to thank my entire team. I want to thank so many Australians. I am so proud of my team. I am so proud of this parliament. Today I am so proud of my country.

The PRESIDENT: I take this opportunity to remind senators that at 12.45, under the order, we will be moving to other items of business, if senators weren't aware.