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Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends 68 Acts to: extend the meaning of ‘de facto partner’, ‘child’ and ‘parent’ to include same-sex relationships; introduce a tracing rule to identify family relationships; and provide for transitional arrangements, including empowering the Governor-General to make regulations of a transitional nature.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04/09/08  
Second reading moved 04/09/08  
Second reading debate 22/09/08  
Second reading debate 23/09/08  
Second reading agreed to 24/09/08  
Third reading agreed to 24/09/08  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 24/09/08  
Second reading moved 24/09/08  
Second reading debate 12/11/08  
Second reading agreed to 12/11/08  
Committee of the Whole debate 12/11/08 Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 24/11/08 Amendment details: 107 Government agreed to
Requests details: 2 Government agreed to
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 25/11/08 Details: House made Senate requested amendments
     
Senate
Third reading agreed to 26/11/08  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 27/11/08 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27/11/08  
Assent 09/12/08 Act no.: 144 of 2008
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 5614]
HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5634]
HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah

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  • Government [sheet QH401]

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedules of the requests by the Senate for amendments and the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (04/09/2008): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Comittee
  • Committee report (14/10/2008)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )