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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Dear Dr Jensen

Thank you for your letter of 20 August 2015 to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, in relation to a petition made by Aboriginal Australians opposed to marriage being redefined. The Minister has referred your letter to me, as marriage issues fall within my portfolio responsibilities. This letter constitutes my response to the petition.

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 decided that there would be no conscience vote on this issue. The Government supports the current definition of marriage.

Thank you for drawing this petition to my attention.

from the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis