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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26570


Senator NETTLE (5:23 PM) —I have a question for the minister relating to an Australian Greens amendment. It is coming up on the running sheet, but I am not sure whether I am going to have an opportunity to move it. Our amendment seeks to ensure that marriages that have currently been entered into will continue to be recognised under this legislation. It comes from a number of queries to our office from constituents about whether or not the marriages of people who are currently in heterosexual relationships in which one of the partners is going to go through a gender reassignment surgery process or has gone through such a process continue to be recognised as a result of this legislation. I have not been able to find an answer to that question and I wonder whether the minister might be able to answer it for us.