Statement Re: Same Sex Marriage

I have received over the last couple of days over 5000 ‘campaign’ emails on same sex marriage, about half in favour and half against.

I am physically unable to respond to these emails - so my apology.

Thank you for making your views known.

The Government’s long standing position is that it supports the current definition of marriage contained in theMarriage Act 1961 (Cth), which states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

However, I acknowledge that there is a diversity of views in the Australian community about this.

If this issue is raised again in this term of the Commonwealth Parliament, the question of a conscience vote will be considered by Government Members and Senators in the Coalition party room.

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