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Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]
2004

2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007

 

No.      , 2007

 

(Senator Allison, Bartlett, Murray and Stott Despoja)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report Same-Sex: Same Entitlements , and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Purposes............................................................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Schedule.............................................................................................. 3

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 4

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986                                       4

Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                                     4

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997                                               4

Bankruptcy Act 1966                                                                                                   5

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                                5

Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959                                                          6

Corporations Act 2001                                                                                                6

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                          7

Defence Force (Homes Loans Assistance) Act 1990                                              7

Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973                                      8

Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967                                                    8

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000                                             9

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                   9

Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998                                                         10

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975                                                     10

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulations 1989                                     11

Foreign States Immunities Act 1985                                                                       11

Governor-General Act 1974                                                                                     11

Health Insurance Act 1973                                                                                       12

Higher Education Funding Act 1988                                                                     12

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      13

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                             13

Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991                                                 14

International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963                14

Judges’ Pensions Act 1968                                                                                       15

Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Act 1984   16

Life Insurance Act 1995                                                                                            16

Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002                                              16

Migration Regulations 1994                                                                                    17

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                        17

Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed                                              18

National Health Act 1953                                                                                         19

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948                                    19

Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990                                                                    20

Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978                                             20

Pooled Development Funds Act 1992                                                                    21

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002                                                                                     21

Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/14: Members of Parliament—Travelling Allowance                21

Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/18: Members of Parliament—Entitlements                22

Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997                                                                  22

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                           23

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992                                      24

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           25

Superannuation Act 1976                                                                                         26

Superannuation Act 1990                                                                                         27

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993                                               28

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                             28

Workplace Relations Act 1996                                                                                30

 



A Bill for an Act to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report Same-Sex: Same Entitlements , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

 

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Act 2007 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Purposes

             (1)  The primary purpose of this Act is to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report Same-Sex: Same Entitlements by removing from all Australian laws extant statutory provisions which encourage or allow discrimination in areas including taxation, superannuation, employment and family law against people in de facto relationships on the grounds of their gender identity or sexual orientation, with the intention of complying with Australia's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child .

             (2)  The Act specifically removes from the statutes a range of discriminatory measures which have no place in a modern, tolerant nation.

4   Definitions

                   In this Act:

de facto partner means a person in a de facto relationship.

de facto relationship means a relationship between two people living together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis:

                     (a)  in determining whether two people are in a de facto relationship, the circumstances of the relationship must be considered as a whole.  Without limiting the generality of this paragraph, those circumstances may include:

                              (i)  the length of their relationship;

                             (ii)  how long and under what circumstances they have lived together;

                            (iii)  whether there is a sexual relationship between them;

                            (iv)  their degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between or by them;

                             (v)  the ownership, use and acquisition of their property, including any property that they own individually;

                            (vi)  their degree of mutual commitment to a shared life;

                           (vii)  whether they mutually care for and support children;

                          (viii)  the performance of household duties;

                            (ix)  the reputation, and public aspects, of the relationship between them;

                             (x)  whether the relationship has been registered or formalised in accordance with any law of a State or Territory;

                     (b)  a de facto relationship may be between two people, irrespective of gender;

                     (c)  to avoid doubt, two people may still be in a de facto relationship if they are living apart from each other on a temporary basis.

step-parent , in relation to a child, means a person who;

                     (a)  is not a parent of the child; and

                     (b)  is or has been married to a parent of the child, or is or has been in a de facto relationship with the parent of the child; and

                     (c)  treats, or at any time during the marriage or de facto relationship treated, the child as a member of the family formed with the parent.

5   Schedule

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.