I rise to add my contribution to this debate on the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012. I recognise Senator Siewert’s passion and endeavours in this area but might use my opportunity this morning to also correct some of her statements.… .
I rise this evening to acknowledge and pay tribute to an amazing organisation that in 2012 is celebrating 100 years of providing assistance to, building and sustaining communities in remote Australia.… .
I rise to sum up the debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. I understand that I am the last speaker in what I think has been an important week for this country, both here and in the House of Representatives.… .
I am proud to be here today to present this bill that amends the Marriage Act to establish marriage equality in Australia.
I believe in the institution of marriage. Marriage is not only a private, mutual commitment of love and friendship between two people—it is also a public recognition of this commitment, bringing with it important social, cultural, psychological, administrative and legal benefits to a married couple.… .
I have waited many, many weeks and many, many months to provide my contribution to this debate on what we would probably call the Stronger Futures packages. We are talking tonight about three bills: the main bill itself, the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012; the consequential provisions bill; and changes to elements of the social security legislation.… .