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It is clear Labor have always understood the importance of removing discrimination, but we also understand the need to bring the community with us. It is for this reason that it is so important that the other branch of the Labor movement—the unions—have empowered their members to take this issue out into the community. When 11 New South Wales and ACT unions representing over 300,000 members came together to form the unions for marriage equality campaign, they empowered their members to take this issue where it belongs—out to the sectors of the community who did not yet understand how marriage discrimination was affecting their workmates and, by extension, their community.
In thousands of conversations across the country unionists engaged their colleagues, their neighbours and their families about this discrimination that many of them had never considered before. It does not surprise me that when people could see that discrimination, they wanted to end it. The Labor movement—the party and the unions—will always fight for fairness. The vast majority of union members and members of the Labor movement and the majority of our community know marriage equality is fair and that it is the right thing to do.
Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2)
Debate resumed from 6 June 2013, on motion by Ms Burch:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.06): Okay.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (5.07), in reply: Sorry, Mr Assistant Speaker, but I was under the impression that Mr Rattenbury would be talking on this bill, but he is not here so we will proceed. I cannot not be as quick as those opposite, but I will endeavour to do what I can. The Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2013—
Mr Rattenbury: Are you closing?
MS BURCH: I am closing the debate.
Mr Rattenbury: I realise that. It will teach me to leave the chamber.
MS BURCH: It will. The Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2013 No 2 amends the commencement of the automatic teller machine withdrawal limit provisions in sections 28 and 29 of the Gaming Machine Amendment Act 2012 to align with commonwealth legislation which takes effect from l January 2014. Under amendments introduced by the GMAA, which are scheduled to commence in September this year, the territory’s Gaming Machine Act 2004 would provide for a