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URGENCY MOTION—LAW AND JUSTICE—MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, two senators each submitted letters in accordance with standing order 75, Senator Siewert proposing a matter of urgency for debate and Senator Fifield proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that today she intended to move—That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

 The recognition that an increasing majority of the Australian community supports marriage equality and believes it is time for the federal parliament to amend the Marriage Act to provide for this.

The proposal was supported by 4 senators.

Senator Hanson-Young, at the request of Senator Siewert, moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWaters
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-Young

NOES, 39



Senators—
AbetzCormannGallacherPolley
ArbibCrossinJoycePratt
BernardiEdwardsLudwigSherry
BilykEgglestonLundySingh
BishopFarrellMadiganStephens
BoswellFaulknerMarshallSterle
CameronFawcettMcKenzieThistlethwaite
CarrFeeneyMooreUrquhart
ColbeckFisherNashWilliams (Teller)
CollinsFurnerParry

Question negatived.