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12    Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Reference

Senator Rice, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 September 2015:

The matter of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia, with particular reference to:

    (a)   an assessment of the content and implications of a question to be put to electors;

    (b)   an examination of the resources required to enact such an activity, including the question of the contribution of Commonwealth funding to the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns;

     (c)   an assessment of the impact of the timing of such an activity, including the opportunity for it to coincide with a general election;

    (d)   whether such an activity is an appropriate method to address matters of equality and human rights;

     (e)   the terms of the Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015 currently before the Senate; and

     (f)   any other related matters.

Question put and passed.