The Prime Minister has the call. What a day! What a day for love, for equality,
for respect! Australia has done it! Every Australian had their say and they’ve said
it’s fair, get on with it and the Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today
for equality, for love. It’s time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more
respect and we respect every Australian who has voted — those who voted yes and those
who voted no — this belongs to us all. This is Australia! Fair! Diverse! Loving! And filled
with respect! For every one of us, this is a great day. It belongs to every Australian.
The 45th Parliament is doing its job, delivering, getting on with it. It’s fair. We’ve done
the work. We’ve done it together. Let’s do it. Let’s finalise this bill right now. Cheers
and applause. Just before I call the leader of the opposition, I just need the prime minister
to formally move that the bill be now read a third time — and Mr Speaker, I move that
the bill be now read a third time. Thank you Prime Minister. The leader of the opposition.
Hear hear. Australia, we are going to make marriage equality a reality in minutes. The
Australia of tomorrow begins with what we do today. At long last, LGBTIQ Australians
will be equal under the law. Our law will speak for a modern Australia — inclusive
and fair. And those of us in Parliament, privileged to serve, we understand that we do so with
humility. The humility to recognise that the passage of this law does not in essence belong
to us, but the credit for the passage of this law belongs to all Australians. And I say
to those who voted no, I recognise that now is the time for healing, to put this debate
behind us. And when this law is passed, we should declare that we are no longer a nation
of people who voted no or people who voted yes, we are simply Australians one and all.
And I say to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift. This Parliament
when we pass the Marriage Equality law is not a gift from us to LGBTIQ Australians.
Equality is never a gift to be given. Equality is an inalienable birth right of every Australian
and this equality is long overdue. Hear hear. And I say the gift that LGBTIQ Australians
have given all of us is that when we are a nation who includes all of our people who
values all relationships and all families then we are a better nation altogether. So
as it is written that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity
under the heavens, it is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to
embrace, a time to love and now at last, a time for marriage equality. Hear hear. Order.
The question is — the question is that this bill be read a third time. I call the member
for Melbourne. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Well what a big day for love because despite the
years of bigotry and hate and despite the years of violence and lies and the ignorance
and fear, love has won and it’s time to pop the bubbly. And I’m gonna keep this short
and sweet because it’s time to let the bells ring and let the people sing because love
has won! Order! The question is — order! The question is that this bill be now read
a third time. All those of that opinion say aye. Aye! To the contrary, no. No! Laughs.
I think the ayes have it. Division required? Are there two voices? Division required. There
are two voices. Division required. Ring the bells. Just for the members in the public
gallery, I just want to say that at the end of this division there’s just still a couple
of procedures or one procedure that needs to happen so I just thought I’d… So I say
to members as well, when the doors are locked and I’ve read the result of the division we
do need to hear from the clerk to finalise the bill. The clerk does get the last word.
Laughter. Lock the doors! As there are fewer than 5 members on the side for the noes in
this division, I declare the question result in the affirmative in accordance with standing
order 127. The names of those members who are in the minority will be recorded in the
votes and proceedings. The clerk. Third reading. A bill for an act to amend the law relating
to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms and for related purposes.
Cheers and applause! We are one, but we are many. And from all the lands on Earth we come,
we share a dream and sing with one voice: I am. You are. We are Australian. We are one,
but we are many. And from all the lands on Eath we come, we share a dream and sing with
one voice: I am. You are. We are Australian. We’ve got some other
business to do…