“Put partisanship aside and vote” says Wong

South Australian Senator Penny Wong has announced that a senate committee has reached an agreement to further the marriage equality debate within parliament.

The senate committee is made up of Labor, Greens, Liberal and Xenophon senators and is chaired by Liberal Senator David Fawcett.

“The multiparty committee worked together in the interest of progressing the debate and the result is a historic consensus report for marriage equality legislation.” Wong said.

“In a debate so often mired in partisanship; mired in acrimony, a debate characterised by finger-pointing, we have the agreement around this report.

“The parliament should follow the example of the Fawcett Committee.

“Support for marriage equality doesn’t really require political courage, it requires members in this place to do what they were elected to do and to do what the overwhelming majority of Australians want – to put aside partisanship and to come together to compromise and, above all, to come onto the floor of this parliament and vote.

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