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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Page: 8314


Senator SIMMS (South Australia) (15:57): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee has found that:

(i) the Parliament has the authority to amend the Marriage Act 1961 without recourse to a plebiscite or referendum,

(ii) a plebiscite has the potential to facilitate and justify homophobic and transphobic hate speech, and

(iii) a plebiscite would cost an estimated $158.4 million if held outside of a general election; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) to allow a free vote on marriage equality before the end of 2015.

Question agreed to.