Page 433 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Assembly met at 10 am.

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Marriage equality

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the ACT Government is leading the way in delivering clear and positive support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) community by:

(a) bringing forward reforms to allow easier recognition of overseas same sex marriages;

(b) establishing the Office of LGBTIQ Affairs to better coordinate and target support;

(c) supporting a range of important and popular events and activities, including bannering Canberra in rainbow colours this week; and

(d) stepping in to fund the Safe Schools program to help all students feel welcome and protected;

(2) further notes that:

(a) 77 percent of Australians support a free vote on marriage equality;

(b) Federal Members of Parliament from all major parties are working to persuade the Federal Government to allow a free parliamentary vote on marriage equality; and

(c) the ACT Government made a submission to the Federal Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, in which the Government argues strongly against perpetuating and entrenching discrimination through overly broad exemptions proposed in the Bill; and

(3) calls on the ACT Legislative Assembly to help deliver true marriage equality for Canberrans and Australians by:

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