Labor wants to see safeguards so that we have a civilised debate. Labor is concerned that having this survey has given the green light to all sorts of hateful and hurtful things being said. I might just ask Mark to update you on the negotiation so that we can make sure that people are protected.
MARK DREYFUS, SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL: Thanks very much, Bill. Of course Labor will work with the Government on safeguards. The Government has said that it is prepared to put safeguards legislation in place and Labor's position is that the safeguards need to be as strong as they can possibly be. I have met with Senator Cormann a couple of times now. Those meetings are going on as a matter of urgency and the Government said you can expect to see a Bill in the Parliament next week.
DREYFUS: I think there should be protections that, as far as possible, send a message to the Australian community that this Parliament as a whole will not tolerate vilification of any group in the Australian community and that's what we are expecting the legislation to contain.
JOURNALIST: Will it extend to banning offensive material, would it ban false claims, would it be evaluating whether the ads are true?
DREYFUS: The Government has said that it will base the safeguards on existing provisions in the Electoral Act. We don't think those protections go far enough. We don't think they are particularly appropriate for an absolutely unprecedented, unusual, unnecessary postal survey but we'll see what the Government is prepared to go with. Again, I say Labor wants these safeguards to be as strong as they can possibly be.
SHORTEN: We are absolutely committed to legislating for marriage equality. We think there should be a full free vote in this Parliament. We don't think we should waste $122 million of taxpayer money, but in the event that the Government doesn't bring forward a bill or allow a full free vote, we will legislate upon forming a Government, for marriage equality within our first 100 days. Australians actually are sick and tired of this debate. They believe that the Parliament should just get on and make the decision. We're up for that, we're up for that now, and we'll be up for that after the next election if we win, because we are committed to marriage equality and just getting on with it. Again, I want to just put on record, I invite Mr Turnbull to join this campaign. He says that he supports marriage equality, I believe him. But then he says he is too busy to campaign. That is not leadership, that is a retreat, that's an abdication, that is chronic weakness. Mr Turnbull should join with me and should join with all the advocates, to join with the community at large, and put a bit of shoulder to the wheel when it comes to advocating for marriage equality. There is not much point in being Prime Minister if you are too scared to try and go out and argue for your case.
SHORTEN: We will all work with everyone. This is not a Labor issue, it's not a party political issue. This is an issue about human rights and marriage equality, and we always have been willing to work with other parties and other individuals. This is not, and I stress, this is not a Labor versus Liberal issue. This is an issue where we believe that one part of our community should be treated equally with all other parts of our community.
JOURNALIST: Mr Shorten, should the Government release the text of the Private Members' Bill that will go forward (INAUDIBLE).
SHORTEN: The Government hasn't really given us much choice on that, have they? They have put the survey before the Bill. So to the extent that they should do something differently, we don't even think we should have the survey, we think there should be a vote in Parliament. But we can't allow a booby trap by the Government conservatives to derail the survey. What I warn the Government against, and the Coalition Members, is they said we've got to have a survey, and without a survey, they can't do their day job. But if the conservatives then argue, we are having the survey but we haven't seen the final details of the Bill, therefore, you must vote no, that is a booby trap by the conservatives. This survey was always a tactic to delay marriage equality. If the anti-marriage equality brigade now argue that because the Private Member's Bill hasn't been circulated before we vote on the survey, therefore you vote no, then we know that the whole thing was just a waste of time to begin with. The survey is pretty straightforward; do you support marriage equality or not, yes or no? I don't think you need to have a whole lot of attached legislation to work out in your heart what you know to be right, which is Yes for marriage equality.
JOURNALIST: We have seen one Bill, Senator Dean Smith’s Private Member's Bill, is that something, if it was chosen to be the Bill, is that something you would support?
SHORTEN: That's certainly something we could work from.
SHORTEN: Well, let's be very direct here. This survey is about one matter only; do you support or not support marriage equality? The opponents of marriage equality are going to chuck the kitchen sink into this debate. They want to distract you about everything else. We've seen people say that if you vote - actually I'm not going repeat all the arguments, the fringe-dweller arguments and the nonsense and the rubbish. There's one question on the survey, that's the only question you vote on. I will say though, Mr Abbott actually said if you don't like the direction this nation is going in, vote no in the survey. I just want to say on that, if you don't like the direction this country is headed in, vote Labor in the next election. Thanks, everybody.