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Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 4

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          4

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                       4

Part 2—Amendment of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984                       17

Sex Discrimination Act 1984                                                                                    17

Part 3—Amendments if Schedule 9 to the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017 not yet commenced                                                                                             18

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                     18

Part 4—Amendments once Schedule 9 to the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017 commences                                                                                                      19

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                     19

Part 5—Application and transitional provisions                                             20

Schedule 2—Additional amendment of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984                22

Sex Discrimination Act 1984                                                                                    22

Schedule 3—Consequential amendments                                                               23

Part 1—Attorney-General                                                                                          23

Acts Interpretation Act 1901                                                                                    23

Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955                                                         23

Defence (Visiting Forces) Act 1963                                                                        24

Evidence Act 1995                                                                                                      24

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 24

Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988                                                              26

Maintenance Orders (Commonwealth Officers) Act 1966                                  26

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                     26

Part 2—Defence                                                                                                             28

Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015                                                            28

Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973                                    28

Part 3—Employment                                                                                                    29

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                           29

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992                                      29

Part 4—Finance                                                                                                               30

Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999                                                        30

Governor-General Act 1974                                                                                     30

Judges’ Pensions Act 1968                                                                                       30

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948                                    30

Superannuation Act 1976                                                                                         30

Part 5—Immigration and Border Protection                                                    31

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    31

Part 6—Veterans’ Affairs                                                                                          32

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                        32

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988   32

Schedule 4—Additional application and transitional provisions             33

Part 1—Application and transitional provisions relating to family law matters   33

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                             33

Division 2—Matters under the Family Law Act 1975                                         33

Division 3—Matters under the Family Court Act 1997 (WA)                            37

Part 2—Other transitional provisions                                                                   41

Part 3—Transitional rules                                                                                           42

 

 



This bill originated in the Senate, and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.

                                               Richard Pye

                                      Clerk of the Senate

The Senate

29 November 2017

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Parts 1 and 2

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provisions do not commence within the period of 28 days beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 1, Part 3

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

However, if Schedule 9 to the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017 commences at or before that time, the provisions covered by this table item do not commence at all.

 

4.  Schedule 1, Part 4

The later of:

(a) the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 9 to the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017 .

However, if Schedule 9 to the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017 does not commence, the provisions covered by this table item do not commence at all.

 

5.  Schedule 1, Part 5

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

6.  Schedule 2

The day after the end of the period of 12 months starting on the day the provisions covered by table item 2 commence.

 

7.  Schedules 3 and 4

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.