Page 3303 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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civil union in other jurisdictions, overseas or interstate can be recognised as having a civil union under ACT law.

There is, of course, more reform to be pursued. There is more work to be done, particularly in terms of reforms to the commonwealth Marriage Act. I know that all of my colleagues support those reforms, both in this Assembly and our federal colleagues here in the ACT. I am proud to be a member of a branch of the Australian Labor Party that has continuously endorsed the principle that all people, regardless of their sexuality, are entitled to equal recognition under the law and to have their relationships duly solemnised and recognised equally under law.

This bill is important. I thank those members who have indicated their support for this bill and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) I seek leave, pursuant to standing order 182A(b), to move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension


That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Corbell from moving amendments.

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