While the will of the Australian people to change marriage has been implemented, it is a matter of deep regret that the Parliament has not seen fit to provide basic protections to ensure freedom of speech, religion, conscience as well as parental rights and safeguards for charities.

I commend all of my Parliamentary colleagues who courageously moved and supported amendments to improve the Bill. The concerns of the 5 million Australians have been ignored.

They will expect the Ruddock Review on religious freedoms and the Government to prevent the kinds of aggressive and lawfare displays similar to those we have seen overseas of people being dragged through the legal system, at huge expense, for simply holding a different view on marriage. It would be a tragedy if support for diversity of opinions was no longer accepted.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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