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  • Bills — Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016; Third Reading
  • Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Pass the bill


  • <p class="speaker">Christopher Pyne</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That this bill be now read a third time.</p>
  • The majority [voted to pass]( the [bill](;query=Id:legislation/billhome/r5728) through the House of Representatives, which means it will now be sent to the Senate for our Senators to decide whether they agree that it should become law.
  • In parliamentary jargon, our Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to give the bill a [third reading](
  • ### What does this bill do?
  • The [purpose of this bill]( is to make it possible for the government to hold a national plebiscite to ask Australians *"Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"*
  • ### What is a national plebiscite?
  • The [bills digest]( explains that:
  • > *a national plebiscite is a vote by citizens on any subject of national significance but which does not affect the Constitution. Plebiscites are normally advisory and do not compel a government to act on the outcome. There have only been three national plebiscites—two on conscription during World War I (both defeated) and one on the choice of a National Song in 1977.*
  • ### Why don't some supporters of marriage equality support this bill?
  • [Several parties and independents]( oppose this bill for two main reasons: cost and concern that a plebiscite could [harm members of the LGBTI community]('s-impact-on-lgbti-people/7924480).
  • ### So, what next?
  • The bill will be sent to the Senate. However, since the Labor Party has agreed to vote against it alongside the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch, [it will not pass]( and so will not become law.
  • ABC News gives a neat summary of the situation and [what may happen next](
  • <p class="speaker">Brendan O&#39;Connor</p>
  • <p>Mr Speaker, I am being deprived of my right to speak on this bill.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The member for Gorton will resume his seat.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Brendan O&#39;Connor</p>
  • <p>I am being denied the right to speak&#8212;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The member for Gorton will resume his seat. The question is this bill be now read a third time.</p>