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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Dear Dr Jensen

Thank you for your letter dated 18 August 2015, regarding two petitions submitted for the consideration of the Standing Committee on Petitions opposing same-sex marriage legislation. This reply constitutes my response to these petitions.

The Marriage Act 1961 defines marriage as 'the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life'. On 11 August 2015, the Coalition party room discussed the issue of same-sex marriage and decided that there would be no conscience vote on this issue. The Government supports the current definition of marriage.

Thank you for drawing these petitions to my attention.

from the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis