Marriage Amendment Bill 2004

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Marriage Act 1961
  to: define marriage as a union of a man and a woman; and clarify that same-sex marriages entered into under the law of another country will not be recognised in Australia. 

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House of Representatives
24 Jun 2004Introduced and read a first time
24 Jun 2004Second reading moved
24 Jun 2004Second reading agreed to
24 Jun 2004Third reading agreed to
25 Jun 2004Message from House of Reps reported
25 Jun 2004First reading negatived
13 Aug 2004Introduced and read a first time
13 Aug 2004Second reading moved
13 Aug 2004Second reading agreed to
13 Aug 2004Third reading agreed to

16 Aug 2004Assent

Act no.: 126

Year: 2004

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changed to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either theĀ Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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