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New senators join Parliament

Published: 21 November 2017

Following the High Court’s decision that a number of senators were found to be ineligible to be in Parliament as a result of their dual citizenship, three new senators were sworn-in to Parliament by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd): Mr Fraser... Read news item

Senate appoints new President

Published: 21 November 2017

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan has been elected as the new President of the Senate. This followed the resignation of former Senator the Hon Stephen Parry, as a result of his dual citizenship. A ballot was held for the President’s position, between Senator Ryan (Liberal Party of Australia) and Senator... Read news item

Bennelong by-election

Published: 21 November 2017

A House of Representatives by-election will be held in the electorate of Bennelong, in Sydney, following the resignation of Mr John Alexander as the sitting member. Mr Alexander resigned as a result of his dual citizenship. The by-election will be held on 16 December. Read news item

Marriage law postal survey results announced

Published: 21 November 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced the results of the postal survey that asked Australians eligible to vote the question ‘ Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ The ABS received responses from 79.5 per cent of voters, or nearly 8 out of 10... Read news item

Same-sex marriage bill introduced

Published: 21 November 2017

Following the announcement of the marriage law postal survey results, Senator Dean Smith introduced the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 to the Senate. The private senator’s bill seeks to amend, or change, the Marriage Act 1961 ‘to remove the restrictions that limit marriage in Australia to... Read news item