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Senate to debate Marriage Amendment Bill in week starting 17 September



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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Leader of the Government in the Senate

SENATOR THE HON JACINTA COLLINS Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations Manager of Government Business in the Senate

MEDIA RELEASE

23 August 2012

Senate to debate Marriage Amendment Bill in week starting 17 September

The Australian Government will facilitate Senate debate of the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.

Labor Senators Crossin, Marshall, Pratt and Brown have today given notice that they will introduce the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 into the Senate during the next sitting week.

The Government will facilitate debate on the Bill in Government business time in the Parliamentary sitting week commencing 17 September. The Government will be seeking extended sitting hours in order to complete consideration of the Bill that week, Senator Chris Evans, Leader of the Government in the Senate said.

The Bill is identical to that introduced by Stephen Jones MP, Member for Throsby, in February into the House of Representatives, where it is currently being debated.

The Bill seeks to amend the Marriage Act to allow for a union between two people, regardless of their sex.

Labor Senators will exercise a conscience vote.

Media Contact (Evans): Rhys Davies 0411 138 572 (Collins): Jonathon Davies 0409 354 493