10 October 2013
The National’s Trevor Khan, Liberal’s Bruce Notley-Smith, the Greens’ Mehreen Faruqi, Labor’s Penny Sharpe, and Sydney Independent Alex Greenwich make up the NSW Cross Party Marriage Working Group.
In a joint statement the five NSW Parliamentarians have welcomed a Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Report into state based same-sex marriage saying:
"The findings of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Report add further credibility to a the recent NSW Parliamentary Inquiry that found a State can legislate for same-sex marriage"
"Based on the solid legal and constitutional advice available, we continue to be confident that States can progress with a reform that has wide-spread support and will benefit couples, families, and communities"
"If there is a high-court challenge to legislation, both reports give us confidence that NSW Same-Sex Marriage laws would survive any such challenge"
The report also found that historically in Australia relationships are recognised first a state level and then later at a federal level and that a referendum could not resolve the issue of same-sex marriage.
The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute can be found below:
Alex Greenwich, Independent, 0458042342
Trevor Khan, Nationals, 0407456006
Bruce Notley-Smith 0412503075
Penny Sharpe, Labor, 0413386104
Mehreen Faruqi, Greens, 0423106247