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A beautiful moment in Australian politics happened on the weekend.

In a political turn that none of us expected, a member of the ACT parliament has actually managed to make us feel something other than frustration and dread, stirring us up and making us feel all the beautiful feels.

All my cold, politically worn-out heart can say is: rare.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr. Source: Facebook

Claiming victory at the ACT election over the weekend, Labor leader and Chief Minister Andrew Barr gave one of the best partner shout outs we've heard in a while, telling a crowd of Labor faithfuls the win would not have been possible without him.

"This would not be possible for me to be standing here without the support of my partner Anthony [Toms]," Barr began.

Barr and Toms at their civil partnership in 2012. Source: Anthony Toms.  

"Everyone needs someone in their life to keep them grounded," the 43-year-old continued.

"Someone to keep them grounded, tell them when they're doing the wrong thing...it can happen occasionally," he said finally with a laugh.

Sharing a kiss and embrace onstage, the couple - who have been together since the late 1990s - were met with huge cheers from the crowd.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr. Source: Facebook

Barr has been an outspoken advocate for same-sex rights since coming to parliament in 2004 and has made parliamentary history twice.

Promoted to the position of Chief Minister by the party in 2014, Barr was the first openly LGBQTI head of government in Australia. And the weekend's election made him the first LGBTQI head of government publicly elected to government.

And that's finally some parliamentary history worth celebrating.

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