Remember that time we went to Parliament House to watch the passing of the Civil Unions Bill?

1 Dec

Last night we attended Parliament House in Brisbane to witness the debate and passing of the Civil Unions Bill. It was a fabulous event, a historic one, and I’ve been talking about it all day but I can’t seem to find the words to write here… 

The day after the big night both Zanne and I feel very proud to live in a state whose government supports equality and love for all. Last night our unborn baby kicked on in-utero as we watched member after member articulate beautifully about matters of equality, social justice and love. It was a night we’ll always remember.

There are loads of articles in the media today about the passing of the bill – here are a couple of links for:

Brisbane Times blow by blow

ABC News – Qld passes civil unions bill

 

Below is an email I sent to my work colleagues this morning. I encourage you all to send messages of support to those MPs who supported the bill – they are total rockstars if you ask me.

 

Sent: Thursday, 1 December 2011 9:34 AM
To: All Officers and Staff
Subject: The Civil Unions bill was passed last night
Importance: High

 

Dear all,

On the 21st anniversary of the Labor government’s decriminalisation of homosexuality in Queensland the Civil Unions bill was passed last night – 47 votes to 40.

The Civil Partnerships Act will allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to formally register their relationships with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, a move dismissed by opponents as mimicking marriage but hailed by supporters as an important step towards equality.

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser, who put forward the private member’s bill, said it was important to recognise the difference between civil unions and gay marriage.

What we’re doing here in Queensland is going as far as we can as a state to provide for a quality of recognition of relationships in order to access the sort of rights that many people take for granted.”

If you would like to pass on a message of support to our champions of equality, details of those who supported the bill are below:

Attwood, Julie (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary for Health

Electorate: Mount Ommaney

Mount.Ommaney@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Bligh, Anna (ALP)

Premier and Minister for Reconstruction

Electorate: South Brisbane

South.Brisbane@parliament.qld.gov.au

premier@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Boyle, Desley (ALP)

Electorate: Cairns

Cairns@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Croft, Peta-Kaye (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Premier on the Gold Coast and the Commonwealth Games

Electorate: Broadwater

Broadwater@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Darling, Vicky (ALP)

Minister for Environment

Electorate: Sandgate

Sandgate@parliament.qld.gov.au

environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Dick, Cameron (ALP)

Minister for Education and Industrial Relations

Electorate: Greenslopes

Greenslopes@parliament.qld.gov.au

education@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Farmer, Di (ALP)

Electorate: Bulimba

Bulimba@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Finn, Simon (ALP)

Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology

Electorate: Yeerongpilly

Yeerongpilly@parliament.qld.gov.au

governmentservices@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Fraser, Andrew (ALP)

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade

Electorate: Mount Coot-tha

Mount.Coot-tha@parliament.qld.gov.au

deputypremierandtreasurer@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Grace, Grace (ALP)

Deputy Government Whip

Electorate: Brisbane Central

Brisbane.Central@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Hinchliffe, Stirling (ALP)

Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining

Electorate: Stafford

Stafford@parliament.qld.gov.au

esm@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Hoolihan, Paul (ALP)

Electorate: Keppel

Keppel@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Jarratt, Jan (ALP)

Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business

Electorate: Whitsunday

Whitsunday@parliament.qld.gov.au

tourism@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Johnstone, Mandy (ALP)

Electorate: Townsville

Townsville@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Jones, Kate (ALP)

Electorate: Ashgrove

Ashgrove@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Kiernan, Betty (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services

Electorate: Mount Isa

Mount.Isa@parliament.qld.gov.au

Mount.Isa.Cloncurry@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Kilburn, Steve (ALP)

Electorate: Chatsworth

Chatsworth@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Lawlor, Peter (ALP)

Electorate: Southport

Southport@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Lucas, Paul (ALP)

Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State

Electorate: Lytton

Lytton@parliament.qld.gov.au

attorneygeneral@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Male, Carolyn (ALP)

Deputy Government Whip

Electorate: Pine Rivers

Pine.Rivers@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Moorhead, Evan (ALP)

Electorate: Waterford

Waterford@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Mulherin, Tim (ALP)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies

Electorate: Mackay

Mackay@parliament.qld.gov.au

agriculture@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Nelson-Carr, Lindy (ALP)

Electorate: Mundingburra

Mundingburra@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Electorate: Nolan, Rachel (ALP)

Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts

Electorate: Ipswich

Ipswich@parliament.qld.gov.au

finance@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

O’Brien, Jason (ALP)

Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker

Electorate: Cook

Cook@parliament.qld.gov.au

cook.thursday.is@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

O’Neill, Mary-Anne (ALP)

Electorate: Kallangur

Kallangur@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Palaszczuk, Annastacia (ALP)

Minister for Transport and Multicultural Affairs

Electorate: Inala

Inala@parliament.qld.gov.au

transport@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Pitt, Curtis (ALP)

Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Electorate: Mulgrave

Mulgrave@parliament.qld.gov.au

disabilityservices@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Electorate: Reeves, Phil (ALP)

Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport

Electorate: Mansfield

Mansfield@parliament.qld.gov.au

childsafety@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Roberts, Neil (ALP)

Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services

Electorate: Nudgee

Nudgee@parliament.qld.gov.au

police@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

 

Robertson, Stephen (ALP)

Minister for Energy and Water Utilities

Electorate: Stretton

Stretton@parliament.qld.gov.au

energy@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Ryan, Mark (ALP)

Electorate: Morayfield

Morayfield@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Schwarten, Robert (ALP)

Electorate: Rockhampton

Rockhampton@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Scott, Desley (ALP)

Electorate: Woodridge

Woodridge@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Shine, Kerry (ALP)

Electorate: Toowoomba North

Toowoomba.North@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Smith, Christine (ALP)

Caucus Secretary

Electorate: Burleigh

Burleigh@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Spence, Judy (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary for Parliamentary Reform, Leader of the House

Electorate: Sunnybank

Sunnybank@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Stone, Barbara (ALP)

Electorate: Springwood

Springwood@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Struthers, Karen (ALP)

Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women

Electorate: Algester

Algester@parliament.qld.gov.au

communityservices@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Sullivan, Carryn (ALP)

Electorate: Pumicestone

Pumicestone@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

van Litsenburg, Lillian (ALP)

Caucus Chair

Electorate: Redcliffe

Redcliffe@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Wallace, Craig (ALP)

Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure

Electorate: Thuringowa

Thuringowa@parliament.qld.gov.au

mainroads@ministerial.qld.gov.au

 

Watt, Murray (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and for State Development

Electorate: Everton

Everton@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Wellington, Peter (IND)

Electorate: Nicklin

Nicklin@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Wells, Dean (ALP)

Electorate: Murrumba

Murrumba@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Wendt, Wayne (ALP)

Electorate: Ipswich West

Ipswich.West@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Wettenhall, Steve (ALP)

Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Premier on Economic Development in the Far North

Electorate: Barron River

Barron.River@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

 

Out of interest, four Labor MPs did not support the bill – Jo Ann Miller, Michael Choi, Geoff Wilson and Margaret Keech.

Independent MP for Nicklin Peter Wellington joined the majority of Labor MPs in supporting it, but all the other crossbenchers and independents voted against.

The LNP voted as a bloc against it.

Shannon

 

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