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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9168

Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (11:20): This section is, I think, applicable already to religious celebrants. I'm mindful that the Catholic Church and other religions—various churches—that place various conditions on those who want to be married in their churches. I think that was just carried across. But it is fairly obvious that Senator Brandis's comments are influential, and I don't feel particularly strongly about retaining section (b). If there is provision in the procedure to delete section (b), as I'm the mover of the amendment, I would be happy to seek leave for my amendment to be amended to delete 47AA(b) and to vote on it accordingly.

Senator Brandis: At the risk of being a pedant, Senator Leyonhjelm, if you do that, you'll want to remove both the colon after the word 'part' on the first line and subparagraph (a), replace the comma after the word 'marriage' on the second line with a full stop and omit the word 'or'.

The TEMPORARY CHAIR: Thank you, Attorney-General; they're technical changes that will accompany the intent of the amendment.

Senator LEYONHJELM: I note those changes, Senator Brandis, and I trust your judgement on them entirely.

Leave granted.

Senator LEYONHJELM: I move:

Schedule 1, page 11 (line 20), after item 47A, insert:

47AA Authorised celebrants (other than State and Territory officers) not bound to solemnise marriages etc.

Subject to subsection 39(4), nothing in this Part:

(a) imposes an obligation on an authorised celebrant to solemnise any marriage

The CHAIR: The question is that Senator Leyonhjelm's amendment (2) on sheet 8321 revised, as amended by leave, be agreed to.

The committee divided. [11:26]

(The Chair—Senator Lines)