Senator Dean Smith has told The Sunday Times that his ‘Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017’ would be tabled in Parliament regardless of the government’s nation-wide postal survey result.
“I am sure the great majority of Australians share my view — if a Yes vote is announced the parliamentary debate should begin at the earliest possible opportunity,” he said.
“After a cost of $122 million, and over two months of campaigning and years of public discussion, it makes no sense to delay a parliamentary debate. Australians upheld their end of the bargain by voting en masse, now it’s time for Parliament to uphold its end of the same deal.”
Lodged today, Tuesday, November 14, the bill gives notice that on the next sitting day, Senator Smith will move that his ‘Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017’ will be introduced to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage.
Co-signed by the likes of Labor’s Penny Wong, the Green’s leader Richard Di Natale and Independent member Derryn Hinch, the Bill if moved, will have precedence over all government and general business in the week commencing the 27th of November until proceedings on the bill are concluded.