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House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

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Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012

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On Monday 18 June 2012, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs tabled its advisory report on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.

This marks the completion of the Committee’s task to inquiry into these bills. The Committee will not respond to any comments made about the report.

What happens next?

The House of Representatives now has the Committee’s advisory report to take into account when considering the bills. Both bills will be debated in the House of Representatives from Monday 18 June, and will be voted on by all Members of Parliament.

If you wish to have a further say on the bills, please contact your local Member of Parliament who will be voting on behalf of your electorate. You can find out who your Member of Parliament is at

Accessing the report

Due to budgetary limitations, printed copies of the report are not available for distribution to the public. If you do not have internet access, visit your local library for free internet access.

To view or print the report, you will need Adobe Acrobat® PDF Reader, which can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe.®


Report accessibility:

Preliminary pages (PDF106KB)
Contents, Foreword, Membership of the Committee, Committee Secretariat, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Chapter 1 (PDF 63KB)

Chapter 2 (PDF 98KB)
History of Marriage Laws in Australia

Chapter 3 (PDF 207KB)
Values in Australian Society

Chapter 4 (PDF 123KB)
Legal Issues

Chapter 5 (PDF 48KB)
In Conclusion

Appendix A (PDF 33KB)
List of Published Statements

Appendix B (PDF 54KB)
List of Witnesses Appearing at Public Hearing

Additional Comments (PDF 102KB)

Contacts for this inquiry

Comments to: The Secretary of the Committee on PH: (02) 6277 4969
or e-mail:

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