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Below is my submission to the Senate Inquiry, to be used as an example only. It might give you ideas of what to write and how to structure your submission.
It is not perfect, but I think it captures what I want to say.
The House of Reps submission is much easier as it is a tick survey - except for two questions with 250 word limits.
For this submission I have taken parts of my Senate submission and condensed them down to 250 words.
Full details of how to lodge your submissions are at the end of this page:
My Senate submission.
I attach a family photo taken at my sisters wedding. In the photo are myself, my Dad, my Mum, my sister and my brother-in-law.
My desire to have the choice to marry is supported by my entire community - my friends, family, work colleagues, and neighbours - both gay and straight alike.
This is important because I should have the same rights, and have my country treat me with the same respect and dignity as all other Australians.
Society is ahead of the govt and the government needs to catch up by legalising same sex marriage:
Same sex marriage is good for mental health and wellbeing:
Same sex marriage is good for the economy:
My response to - Objections over the need to preserve the sanctity of marriage:
My response to - Objections that same sex marriage will harm children:
My response to - Objections on Religious grounds:
Additionally, the likely attempt to repeal Queensland Civil Partnerships legislation, demonstrates the urgent need for the federal government to legislate marriage for all Australians, regardless of gender.
Qld has this month had Civil Partnership become law. Already the Liberal National Party, the Katter Australian Party, and Rob Messenger Independent MP, have all declared they want to repeal Civil Partnerships.
The Independent MP has even drawn up a Civil Partnership Repeal Bill 2012 http://www.robmessenger.com/civil-partnerships-repeal-bill-2012
In a weeks time Qld will go to the polls and indications are that the LNP will win power - leaving Qld at risk of losing our Civil Unions.
To take away civil rights designed to protect couples and their children is shameful, and demonstrates why the federal government must introduce same sex marriage to protect the Queensland couples who could lose their legal civil Union.
I also attach a second picture showing two water fountains side by side, one marked "Whites" and the other marked "Coloured". Both water fountains provide identical water, however whites get a top-of-the-range fancy refrigerated water fountain, while the blacks get a crappy old non-refrigerated version. The photo is likely from the time of apartheid in South Africa when it was believed that Blacks were inferior and therefore it was justified in giving them less rights - e.g. segregated water fountains, sitting at the back of the bus etc.
This also signifies the distinction between a national Civil Unions scheme Vs full marriage equality for all citizens. The "Whites only" top-of-the-range fountain represents Marriage - the most sought after (and Rolls Royce) form of relationship recognition. Meanwhile the "Blacks" crappy old basic fountain represents Civil Unions - the "if we really must" form of relationship recognition.
Either you think gays are equal citizens or not. If fully equal then we deserve marriage - if you believe gays are only 2nd class citizens deserving of less rights, then you will support Civil Unions. It's that simple.
Full details of how to make your submissions are here https://sites.google.com/site/action4marriageequality/want-to-see-same-sex-marriage-legalised-then-click-here