Labor leader Bill Shorten has introduced a bill to legislate same-sex marriage to near-empty government benches.
Telling fellow MPs the “opportunity of a generation” was before them, Mr Shorten also drew on former prime minister Gough Whitlam’s famous line, “it’s time”.
Let this law reflect the nation we all want to see in the mirror,” the Labor leader said. “Generous, smart, modern, diverse and above all, equal.”
Mr Shorten’s wife, Chloe, watched from the public galleries as he delivered a short speech, introducing a bill that would change the definition of marriage to “the union of two people”.
Labor senators Penny Wong and Katy Gallagher and ACT chief minister Andrew Barr were also in the chamber.