Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download PDFDownload PDF 

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment

4       Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

 

 

 

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill, as amended.

The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson), also on behalf of Senators Burston and Georgiou, moved the following amendments together by leave:

Clause 2 , page 2 (table item 4 ), omit the table item.

Schedule 1 , item 1 , page 4 (line 8) , omit “ civil ”, substitute “ authorised ”.

Schedule 1 , item 2 , page 4 (line 27) , omit “ (iv) a religious marriage celebrant; or ”.

Schedule 1 , item 21 , page 11 (lines 13 and 14) , omit the heading to section 47A , substitute:

47A   Authorised celebrants (other than State and Territory officers) may refuse to solemnise marriages

Schedule 1 , item 21 , page 11 (line 15) , omit “ A religious marriage celebrant ”, substitute “ An authorised celebrant (other than a State or Territory officer) ”.

Schedule 1 , item 21 , page 11 (line 19), omit “ a religious ”, substitute “ an authorised ”.

Schedule 1 , item 63 , page 17 (lines 11 to 19) , omit subsection 40 ( 2AA ), substitute:

(2AA)     An authorised celebrant (as defined in subsection 5(1) of the Marriage Act 1961 ) may refuse to solemnise a marriage despite anything in Division 1 or 2, as applying by reference to section 5A, 5B, 5C or 6, if the circumstances mentioned in subsection 47A(1) of the Marriage Act 1961 apply.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 17

Senators—

Abetz

Cash

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Anning

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Paterson

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Macdonald

Ruston

Burston*

Georgiou

McGrath

Seselja

Bushby

 

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McKim

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Birmingham

Hinch

O’Neill

Singh

Brown

Hume

Patrick

Smith

Cameron

Ketter

Payne

Steele-John

Carr

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lines

Pratt

Watt

Collins

McAllister

Reynolds

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Wong

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senators Hanson, Burston and Georgiou, in respect of Schedule 1, items 5, 8 to 17 and 64, and Part 4.

Question—That Schedule 1, items 5, 8 to 17 and 64, and Part 4 stand as printed—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McKim

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Birmingham

Hinch

O’Neill

Singh

Brown

Hume

Patrick

Smith

Cameron

Ketter

Payne

Steele-John

Carr

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Lines

Pratt

Watt

Collins

McAllister

Reynolds

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Wong

 

 

NOES, 17

Senators—

Abetz

Cash

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Anning

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Paterson

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Macdonald

Ruston

Burston*

Georgiou

McGrath

Seselja

Bushby

 

* Tellers

Items and Part agreed to.

Bill, as amended, further debated.

Senator Leyonhjelm moved the following amendment:

Schedule  1 , page 5 (line 21) , after item  7 , insert:

7A  At the end of section 39

Add:

     (4)   A person who is authorised by subsection (1) or under subsection (2) to solemnise marri ages must not refuse to solemnise a marriage unless section 99 or 100 of this Act applies.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 3

Senators—

Anning

Bernardi

Leyonhjelm*

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McKim

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Birmingham

Hinch

O’Neill

Singh

Brown

Hume

Patrick

Smith

Cameron

Ketter

Payne

Steele-John

Carr

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart

Chisholm

Lines

Pratt

Watt

Collins

McAllister*

Reynolds

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Wong

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Senator Leyonhjelm moved the following amendment:

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, or

                              (b)  prevents such an authorised celebrant from making it a condition of his or her solemnising a marriage that:

                                                  (i)   longer notice of intention to marry than that required by this Act is given; or

                                                 (ii)   requirements additional to those provided by this Act are observed.

Debate ensued.

Senator Leyonhjelm, by leave, amended the amendment to read as follows:

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 imposes an obligation on an authorised celebrant to solemnise any marriage.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 23

Senators—

Abetz

Canavan

Georgiou

O’Sullivan

Anning

Cash

Hanson

Paterson

Brandis

Cormann

Leyonhjelm*

Ruston

Brockman

Duniam

Macdonald

Scullion

Burston

Fawcett

McGrath

Seselja

Bushby

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

 

 

 

NOES, 34

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

Moore

Siewert

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Singh

Birmingham

Hinch

Patrick

Smith

Brown

Ketter

Payne

Steele-John

Cameron

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart

Carr

Lines

Pratt

Watt

Chisholm

McAllister*

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Collins

McCarthy

Rice

Wong

Di Natale

McKim

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Senator Leyonhjelm moved the following amendment:

Schedule  1 , Part  2 , page 17 (lines 1 to 29) , omit the Part, substitute:

Part 2 Amendment of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984

Sex Discrimination Act 1984

63  After section 38

Insert:

38A   Marriage

             Nothing in Division 1 or 2, other than section 26, renders it unlawful for a person to discriminate against another person on the ground of the other person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status in the course of providing, or offering to provide, goods, services or facilities for, or in connection with:

                              (a)  the solemnisation of a marriage under the Marriage Act 1961 ; or

                              (b)  the preparation for, or celebration of, such a marriage; or

                               (c)  the preparation for, or celebration of, events associated with such a marriage, including:

                                                  (i)   an event announcing or celebrating the engagement of the parties to be married; and

                                                 (ii)   an event celebrating the anniversary of the marriage.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 5

Senators—

Anning

Georgiou

Hanson

Leyonhjelm*

Burston

 

 

 

NOES, 37

Senators—

Bartlett

Griff

McKim

Rice

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Birmingham

Hinch

O’Neill

Singh

Brandis

Hume

Patrick

Smith

Brown

Ketter

Payne

Steele-John

Cameron

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart

Carr

Lines

Pratt

Watt

Chisholm

McAllister*

Reynolds

Whish-Wilson

Collins

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Wong

Di Natale

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Senator Rice moved the following amendments together by leave:

Clause  1 , page 1 (lines 6 and 7) , omit “ Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 ”, substitute “ Marriage Amendment Act 2017 ”.

Schedule  1 , item  1 , page 4 (lines 12 to 14) , omit all the words from and including their religion to the end of paragraph  2A ( b ), substitute “their religion or the views of their religious community; and ”.

Schedule  1 , page 5 (after line 17) , after item  5 , insert:

5A  Section 6

Omit “This ”, substitute “(1) This ”.

5B  At the end of section 6

Add:

     (2)   This Act is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of a State or Territory law dealing with anti-discrimination, to the extent that that law is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.

Schedule  1 , item  8 , page 6 (line 21) , omit (1) The , substitute The .

Schedule  1 , item  20 , page 11 (lines 6 and 7) , omit paragraph  47 ( 3 )( c ).

Schedule  1 , item  21 , page 11 (lines 15 to 17) , omit subsection 47A( 1) , substitute:

Refusing to solemnise a marriage on the basis of religious beliefs

     (1)   A religious marriage celebrant may refuse to solemnise a marriage despite anything in this Part if:

                              (a)  the refusal conforms to the doctrines, tenets or beliefs of the religion of the celebrant ’s religious body or religious organisation; or

                              (b)  the refusal is necessary to avoid injury to the religious susceptibilities of adherents of that religion.

Schedule  1 , item  48 , page 14 (lines 29 and 30) , omit paragraph  81 ( 2 )( c ).

Schedule 1 , item 63 , page 17 (line 10) , omit “47(3)(a), (b) or (c) ”, substitute “47(3)(a) or (b) ”.

Schedule 1 , item 63 , page 17 (line 18) , omit “the circumstances mentioned in subsection 47A(1) ”, substitute “any of the circumstances mentioned in paragraph  47A(1)(a) or (b) .

Schedule 1 , item 63 , page 17 (line 23) , omit “81(2)(a), (b) or (c) ”, substitute “81(2)(a) or (b) ”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Bartlett

McKim

Rice

Steele-John

Di Natale

Rhiannon

Siewert*

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

 

 

 

NOES, 49

Senators—

Abetz

Chisholm

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Anning

Collins

Lines

Polley

Bilyk

Cormann

Macdonald

Pratt

Birmingham

Duniam

McAllister*

Reynolds

Brandis

Fawcett

McCarthy

Ruston

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Brown

Fifield

McKenzie

Seselja

Burston

Griff

Moore

Singh

Bushby

Hinch

O’Neill

Smith

Cameron

Hume

O’Sullivan

Urquhart

Canavan

Ketter

Paterson

Watt

Carr

Kitching

Patrick

Wong

Cash

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Rice, in respect of Schedule 1, item 8, subsection 39DD(2); and item 21, section 47B.

Schedule 1, item 8, subsection 39DD(2); and item 21, section 47B agreed to.

Bill, as amended, further debated, agreed to and reported with amendments.

 

 

 

The President resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees (Senator Lines) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Wong the report from the committee was adopted.

Senator Wong moved—That this bill be now read a third time.

Debate ensued.

At 12.45 pm : Pursuant to order, debate was interrupted.

Senator Brandis, by leave, moved—That—

               (a)       the consideration of the bill may continue until not later than 2 pm; and

               (b)       any division on the bill may be taken between 12.45 pm and 2 pm today.

Question put and passed.

Debate on the motion—That this bill be now read a third time—continued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 43

Senators—

Bartlett

Duniam

McCarthy

Ryan

Bilyk

Fifield

McKim

Scullion

Birmingham

Griff

Moore

Siewert

Brandis

Hanson-Young

Paterson

Singh

Brown

Hinch

Patrick

Smith*

Bushby

Hume

Payne

Steele-John

Cameron

Kitching

Pratt

Urquhart

Carr

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Watt

Chisholm

Lines

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Cormann

Macdonald

Rice

Wong

Di Natale

McAllister

Ruston

 

 

 

NOES, 12

Senators—

Abetz

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

O’Sullivan

Anning

Burston

Gichuhi

Polley

Bernardi

Canavan

Ketter

Williams*

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.