Removal of same sex discrimation federally

Posted on June 19th, 2009

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The Federal Attorney General has announced that legislation to remove same-sex discrimination from a wide range of Commonwealth laws will be introduced in the Winter Sittings of Parliament. This reform follows the report of HREOC, Same-Sex: Same Entitlements, which focused on financial and work-related legislation.

Areas where discrimination will be removed include:

  • Tax
  • Superannuation
  • Social security
  • Health
  • Aged care
  • Veterans’ entitlements
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Employment entitlements
  • Other areas of Commonwealth administration

The Government has begun introducing legislation in the Winter Sittings of Parliament. In areas such as social security, tax and veterans’ affairs, the reforms are expected to be phased in – to allow time for couples to adjust their finances, and for administrative arrangements to be implemented.

All of the changes are expected to be implemented by mid-2009.

If you have any queries relating to Family or Relationships law please do not hesitate to contact any of our Family and Relationships Law Team at Mullane and Lindsay: Mark Sullivan, Vivien Carty, Kristy Davis and Ashleigh John. Kristy Davis is present at our Tea Gardens office on Wednesday afternoons by appointment. (Tel: 4928 7300).

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