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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9181


Senator SMITH (Western AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (12:27): My view has been, since 15 November, that the Australian people spoke clearly—I've used the word 'emphatically'—in calling for marriage equality to be incorporated into Australian laws. This bill does that. This bill accurately reflects the will of the Australian people, and it does one other thing: I think it sensibly, carefully and in a considered way also ensures that same-sex marriage laws are introduced and imported into Australia's legal architecture with suitable religious protections.