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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26560

Senator NETTLE (4:46 PM) —I thought I might explain why the Greens' amendment has this particular wording. We made it intentionally broad so that it says `regardless of sexuality and gender identity' as a way to include individuals who may have intersex condition or transsexual people who may have had gender reassignment surgery. That is the intention of the amendment and why it is broad—to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their current sexuality or change in their sexuality during adult life or childhood, have the opportunity to access the institution of marriage if they so choose. I wanted to explain why we have phrased this particular amendment in the way we have.

Question negatived.