Report

Report on the Commonwealth Government's Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill

15 February 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-525-9

View the report as a single document - (PDF 685KB)


View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 23KB)
Chair's foreword (PDF 10KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 27KB)

Areas of consensus
Areas for further discussion

A summary of issues requiring careful consideration (PDF 22KB)

Definition of 'marriage'
Exemption for ministers of religion
Exemption for marriage celebrants
Exemption for a religious body or organisation
International jurisprudence on the introduction of same-sex marriage
Goods and services
A right to refuse on the grounds of a conscientious belief
A broader protection of the right to freedom of conscience and religion

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 38KB)

Establishment and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Terminology
Key provisions of the Exposure Draft
Focus of the inquiry and structure of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Provisions of the Exposure Draft (PDF 193KB)

Definition of 'marriage'
Exemption for ministers of religion
Exemption for marriage celebrants
Exemption for a religious body or organisation
Consequential amendments to the Exposure Draft

Chapter 3 - Compliance with Australia's international obligations (PDF 234KB)

Human Rights Obligations
Human Rights engaged by the marriage debate
International jurisprudence on the introduction of same-sex marriage
Right to marry
Right to freedom from discrimination
Right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
A right to refuse on religious grounds, but only for same-sex marriages
Goods and services
A right to refuse on the grounds of a conscientious belief

Additional Comments (PDF 109KB)

Introduction
Rights of the Child
International Law
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Religion
Conclusion

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 35KB)

Submissions received
Form letters received
Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice
Additional information

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 15KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3228
Fax: 02 6277 5829
samesex.marriage.sen@aph.gov.au