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Thursday, 17 June 2004
Page: 30717

Debate resumed from 16 June, on motion by Mr Ruddock:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Ms Roxon moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading the House:

(1) opposes the proposals related to inter-country adoption as unwarranted and unjust interference by the Commonwealth into an area already tightly regulated by States and Territories and within their legislative responsibility; and

(2) notes Labor's strong stance against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, and, in particular, Labor's;

(a) recognition and acknowledgement of same sex couples and their right to be full and active members of our community, free from discrimination and vilification;

(b) commitment to an audit of all Commonwealth legislation following which legislative measures that are discriminatory on the basis of sexuality will be removed, thus ensuring equivalent status for same sex couples and de facto heterosexual couples; and

(3) particularly notes Labor's long-standing commitment to removing discrimination against same sex couples by implementing measures already proposed by Labor to remove discrimination in the area of superannuation”.