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Thursday, 12 August 2004
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Senator COONAN (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (4:53 PM) —I will speak to both of the proposed amendments to schedule 1. I repeat that the government's clear position is that the legislation confirms and clarifies the existing common law, both with regard to the definition of marriage and the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages. The government, for the reasons I have already outlined, will not be supporting the amendments.

Question negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Chapman)—The question is that item 3 in schedule 1 stand as printed.

Question agreed to.