Same-sex marriage debate puts the kibosh on annual Guild dinner
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual Parliament House dinner has become an unwitting collateral victim of the debate over same sex marriage.
“With the announcement today that the House of Representatives will not sit as scheduled in the week beginning 27th November, unfortunately it has become impractical to hold the Guild Dinner on Tuesday 28th, with most MPs unable to attend an event in Canberra on that night,” said Guild executive director David Quilty in a letter to invitees.
The Guild dinner is traditionally well attended by federal politicians and is a valuable forum for the Guild to promote its activities and community pharmacy to an influential audience.
“My apologies to all who may have already made arrangements to be in Canberra on Tuesday to attend our Parliamentary Dinner, but I am sure you will understand the Parliamentary schedule change is not a matter we could have foreseen,” Mr Quilty said.
According to the Federal Parliament website, “on 20 November 2017, the Speaker set an alternative day for the next meeting of the House. The House will next meet on Monday 4 December 2017 at 10.00 am”.
Fairfax media reports say the government has “taken the unusual step of cancelling a parliamentary sitting week, citing the need to pass same-sex marriage laws and deal with the citizenship fiasco”.