Liberal Senator James Paterson has released a draft bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth) ('the draft Bill'), on 13 November 2017 on the topic of same-sex marriage legalisation and freedom of religion. The Bill is being presented as an alternative to Liberal Party Senator Dean Smith’s draft Bill, Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth).
The draft Bill proposes to amend various Acts to:
Mr Paterson has issued a. In the release he states:
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously stated about Mr Smith’s Bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth), that it was 'clearly a good Bill to start with’,:
Mr Smith’s draft bill is a, and the Bill is supported by the Labor Party and the Greens, who are expected to raised amendments in Parliament. He is expected to introduce his Bill sometime this week in Parliament.
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[Draft] Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth) and explanatory memorandum, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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Paul Karp, 't,' 13 November 2017 (The Guardian Australia).
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