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Legislative Power of the Territories

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.36 am) - I, and also on behalf of Senator Humphries, move:

That the Senate recognises the sovereignty of the territory parliaments to legislate within the powers conferred on them by the Federal Parliament, without interference from the Federal Government.

Question put.

The Senate divided. [10.37 am]

(The President-Senator the Hon. JJ Hogg)

Ayes............ 7

Noes............ 50

Majority......... 43

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 10/11/2009 - Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -I want to pick up on that last point, that surely part of the problem is that people will not know that they have been unfairly judged because they are not necessarily going to be told they did not get the job, or they did not get a promotion or they are not going to be let into a course to work with children based on something that has been delivered in this report of their past convictions.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 10/11/2009 - Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -I am about to dash off. I take your point that you believe the bill is not necessarily too broad, but there was the example of somebody who in their younger years did something silly, such as got involved with shoplifting. At what point do we say, 'These things are not relevant and these other types of convictions are'?

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 10/11/2009 - Crimes Amendment (Working With Children—Criminal History) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -I want to pick up on that last point, that surely part of the problem is that people will not know that they have been unfairly judged because they are not necessarily going to be told they did not get the job, or they did not get a promotion or they are not going to be let into a course to work with children based on something that has been delivered in this report of their past convictions.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 09/11/2009 - Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -Mr Irlam, I thought your synopsis of the submissions and the process was really good-and thank you for that. I want to pick up on the point that you made about same-sex couples who are married overseas and come back to Australia and step off the plane at Sydney international airport and all of a sudden their marriage is not valid and that perhaps we are contravening conventions and treaties that we had agreed to.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 09/11/2009 - Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -Professor, I just wanted to pick up on something that Mr MacDonald said and that you reiterated several times-the idea that men and women are not the same. I would like to point out that that is exactly the same argument that was used as to why women should not be allowed to work and should not be allowed to vote. It is the same argument.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 09/11/2009 - Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -I have a question directly following on from that. It sounds to me that you have put unmarried parents in the same category as people who defame and people who murder. That is what you just did. Are you suggesting, as the organisation, FamilyVoice Australia, that the children of unmarried couples-parents-are in the same category as people who deliberately defame others or are murderers?

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ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 30/10/2009 - Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson Young —I want to go to the conclusion of your submission. You have said that the key reason that you are opposed to the bill is that it is in contradiction to COAG arrangements and would override state and territory law.

ACTING CHAIR —I am confused, we do not have a submission before us.

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