Page 5286 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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I hope they do—to not squib it, to not run away next time, and to put the human rights and the interests of our community above those of violent outlaw criminals.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 12

Mr Coe

Ms Lee

Ms Burch

Ms Orr

Mrs Dunne

Mr Milligan

Ms Cheyne

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Cody

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Jones

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Gentleman

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Marriage equality law reform

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (5.14): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) calls on the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth Parliament to:

(a) respect the democratically constituted Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and through it the self-determination of the people of the Australian Capital Territory to determine our own laws;

(b) respect the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory’s right to make laws for the peace, order and good government of ACT residents; and

(c) commit to maintain national protections against discrimination that support, rather than undermine, State and Territory protections against discrimination;

(2) commends the ACT Government for its submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, which highlighted the strong protections against discrimination in place in the ACT, and emphasised the ACT’s support for marriage equality law reform as a process of removing barriers for the participation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning people within their communities; and

(3) calls on ACT Legislative Assembly party leaders and the Speaker to sign a joint letter to the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, communicating the wish of the Assembly in this motion and:

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