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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ACTING SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

YES!

Today is a day of celebration for LGBTIQ Australians, and for all Australians who

believe in fairness and equality.

Australians have turned out in overwhelming numbers in support of love, equality and

fairness.

Together, millions of Australians have sent a powerful message to hundreds of

thousands of their fellow Australians: you are loved and we are with you.

In the face of strong opposition to change, more than 7.8 million Australians - 61.6 per

cent of voters - have voted YES for marriage equality.

Decades of struggle, advocacy and campaigning has won an historic victory.

This has been a long and difficult campaign for many LGBTIQ people, your families and

friends. We salute your courage, strength and determination to win this fight.

You didn’t want this process and you didn’t deserve it. But you stood up to the haters

and you stared down those people that seek to diminish your lives.

You have taken your campaign for love and equality to across the nation. You have

changed hearts and minds.

And today you have won. The will of the people is now clear. It is time for the

Parliament and the Government to finally do its job and get this done.

There can be no further dithering and no further delay - Australians expect us to deliver

marriage equality as quickly as possible.

Labor stands ready to progress legislation through the Parliament as quickly as

possible.

Having put this country through an expensive, hurtful and divisive process, the Prime

Minister must now ensure the will of the people quickly becomes law.

Even now, there are those that would seek to delay this even further, to tie it up in

irrelevant arguments that should be rejected.

They know they are losing this fight, and they will do whatever they can to stop change.

So, the fight is not yet over - but we are closer than we have ever been.

All of us must keep up the fight.

Maintain your enthusiasm, maintain the pressure, and together we can make marriage

equality a reality.

It’s time to get this done.

WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017

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