About this inquiry

On 30 November 2016, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill to inquire into the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill.

The committee is due to report on or by 15 February 2017.

Please read the terms of reference carefully before making your submission. The committee has resolved that it will only accept submissions strictly addressing its terms of reference, with a particular focus on the following areas:

  • the proposed exemptions in the Exposure Draft for ministers of religion, marriage celebrants and religious bodies and organisations to refuse to conduct or solemnise marriages, and the extent to which those exemptions prevent encroachment upon religious freedoms; 
  • the nature and effect of the proposed amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984;
  • whether there should be any consequential amendments to this bill, or any other Act, and, if so, the nature and effect of those consequential amendments.

Substantive submissions that explore the technical aspects of the terms of reference will be published, however the committee does not have the resources or time to consider short statements expressing support either for or against same-sex marriage.  As such, these statements will be treated as correspondence and not published.

The committee has also resolved that it will not publish form or campaign letters, or petitions, received to the inquiry.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 13 January 2017. 



Past Public Hearings

25 Jan 2017: Canberra, ACT
24 Jan 2017: Sydney, NSW
23 Jan 2017: Melbourne, VIC

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Inquiry Status

Report tabled

Accessibility

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Submissions

Submissions received by the Committee

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1Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (PDF 8398 KB) 
2FamilyVoice Australia (PDF 1046 KB) 
3Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (PDF 48 KB) 
4Rationalist Society of Australia Inc. (PDF 134 KB) 
5Transgender Victoria (PDF 102 KB) 
6Council of Progressive Rabbis and the Union for Progressive Judaism (PDF 2422 KB) 
6.1 Supplementary to submission 6 (PDF 3073 KB) 
7Wilberforce Foundation (PDF 336 KB) 
8Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia (PDF 515 KB) 
9Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG) (PDF 207 KB) 
10Apostolic Church Australia (PDF 1439 KB) 
11The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia (PDF 102 KB) 
12Australian Christians (PDF 66 KB) 
13Name Withheld (PDF 13 KB) 
14Endeavour Forum Inc. (PDF 68 KB) 
14.1 Supplementary to submission 14 (PDF 50 KB) 
15Australian Council of Hindu Clergy (PDF 1379 KB) 
16Family Council of Victoria (PDF 42 KB) 
17Assembly of Confessing Congregations (PDF 36 KB) 
18Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney (PDF 559 KB) 
19ACT Government (PDF 2944 KB) 
20Victorian Trades Hall Council (PDF 3168 KB) 

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