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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26571

Senator BARTLETT (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (5:28 PM) —Given the fact that we will be cut off, I emphasise the very valid point Senator Nettle has raised. The answer the minister has given shows the absurdity of the whole thing. You should be able to get married to the person you fall in love with. The whole suggestion that choosing to undergo gender reassignment might mean having to make a decision to invalidate the lawfulness of your marriage shows how ridiculous the whole concept underlying this situation is. It is a future amendment, but obviously the Democrats would support it if there were an opportunity to get it moved.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Ferguson)—The question is that Democrat amendment (3) on sheet 4392 be agreed to.

Question negatived.