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NSW Parliament debates same-sex marriage bill
· October 31, 2013 11:00 AM
New South Wales lawmakers today began debate on a law to create a new institution called ‘same-sex marriage’ in the state.
Fifteen members of the Legislative Council spoke on the bill. Eight MLCs spoke in support of the bill while seven declared their intention to vote against the legislation. Three MLCs who had previously spoken in parliament in support of redefining marriage said they would vote against the NSW bill.
Niall Blair, Scot MacDonald and John Ajaka, all supporters of same-sex marriage, stated their opposition to the bill, saying instead that marriage laws were a matter for the Australian Parliament, not the states.
Letters from Cardinal George Pell and Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies were read out by a number of MLCs opposing the bill.
Many MLCs referred to the large amounts of emails and correspondence they had received regarding the bill.
Debate on the bill will resume in a fortnight.
ACL's Dan Flynn's radio debate on new R18+ Video Games category commencing 1 January 2013
· November 22, 2012 11:00 AM
This week SYN FM broadcast a spirited
between Victorian Director Dan Flynn and Tim Colwill, founder of R18+ Games Australia, concerning video game violence and its effect on children.
Federal Government legislation has created a new category of R18+ Video games that will commence on 1 January 2013. State Governments are enacting enforcement legislation to reflect the change.
The levels of sex and violence standards contained in the new R18+ category have been set by
determined by all State Attorneys- General.
ACL has consistently argued that its tentative support for the creation of the new R18+ category was on the basis that games currently inappropriately rated MA15+ be moved into the higher classification to send a clear message to parents and children that these games were extremely unsuitable for children.
New South Wales MP Greg Donnelly has
that after the introduction of the new rating, steps will be taken to reclassify at least 50 games currently rated MA15+ to R18+,where those games were previously shoehorned into the MA15+ category
It is of the utmost importance that material that is currently
refused classification (RC)
retain that classification. It appears, from comments by Tim Colwill in this debate, that he agrees.
Senate debate on Marriage Amendment Bill (No.2) 2012
· September 19, 2012 10:00 AM
On Monday, Federal Senators began the debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill (No.2) 2012. The bill calls for the amendment of the
Marriage Act 1961
to enable same-sex marriages to be recognised. The current definition of marriage as outlined in the
Marriage Act 1961
is “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Should the Marriage Amendment Bill be passed, the words “a man and a woman” would be replaced with “two people” to remove the gender-specific reference of marriage partners.
Below is a summary of Senators for and against amending the definition of marriage.
Against marriage amendment:
Senator George Brandis
Senator Chris Back
Senator Ronald Boswell
Senator Eric Abetz
Senator Helen Polley
Senator Barnaby Joyce
Senator Cory Bernardi
Senator Catryna Bilyk
Senator Dean Smith
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
For marriage amendment:
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Senator Louise Pratt
Senator Christine Milne
Senator Mark Bishop
Senator Rachel Siewert
Senator John Faulkner
Senator Scott Ludlum
Senator Richard Di Natale
Senator Doug Cameron
Senator Penny Wright
Senator Larissa Waters
Senator Penny Wong
Senator Lee Rhiannon
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