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Politics live: Parliament prepares to pass same-sex marriage laws, debate citizenship on last sitting day of 2017

6 December 2017 11:01 PM
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Politics live: Parliament prepares to pass same-sex marriage laws, debate citizenship on last sitting day of 2017

"At this stage, as the debate is drawing to a close, I hope we appreciate the journey that we in this house have come on. And we should appreciate where we've come as a country to get to this point today. I've been heartened to see the wonderful non-partisan cooperation, compassion and respect in this debate. This was Parliament at its best, with so many people on their feet, standing up for what they believe is right and doing is in a dignified and a very, very respectful manner," Mr Entsch says.

"However, there was one contribution - and I'm disappointed to see that he has left the chamber - that was the exception and it deserves special mention and that was the contribution of the member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, who was the last speaker on the second reading last night. His pathetic attempts to humour insensitivity and grossly misleading comments were devoid of any facts and were highly offensive, embarrassing and cringeworthy. They need to be called out for what they are. His speech exemplifies what the LGBTI community have had to endure to so long."

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Source: theage.com.au

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