Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I rise to speak on a number of matters raised over the last two weeks during various stages of the debate on the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018.
I commence by restating my support for the legislative reform. I am pleased with all the work done over the last four to five months, and particularly to see this bill arrive back in this House, that resulted in the preparation of amendments to the bill presented to this House that clarified a number of concerns with the bill that was presented to this House.
My support does not reflect in the voting on the third reading of the bill, as I was in the chair with the President away from the House on other parliamentary business.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I choose to use this lectern because the people to whom I want to speak are the people at the back of our Chamber.
Mr President, this has been a really difficult couple of weeks for all of us. But our frustrations, difficulties and challenges are nothing at all compared to the people we are seeking to assist. They are the people at the back of the Chamber, all the families and others they represent, who we have heard from in person, in briefings, and by letter, email, phone calls and other communications. There has been an awful lot of misrepresentation of the intent and application of the bill we are now delaying for a period. I have spent hours on the phone clarifying those matters with constituents and I will continue to do so.