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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Page: 6020

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (9:45 AM) —by leave—I move the Australian Greens second reading amendment standing in my name:

   At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate:

(a)   calls on the Government to introduce amendments to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to remove discrimination in the administration of private superannuation funds by mandating that where such funds recognises opposite-sex de facto couples they must also recognise same-sex de facto couples;

(b)   recommends that the umbrella term ‘couple relationship’ be retained in this bill and also be extended to registered relationships in this bill and in similar legislation to ensure:

(i)   equal treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex relationships for the payment of death benefits, and

(ii)   that the courts do not treat married, registered or de facto couples differently, in that each would have unique criteria but be provided with equal ‘couple relationship’ entitlements; and

(c)   recommends that the terms used to define parents and their children be simplified wherever possible in this and similar legislation to ‘parent’ and ‘child’, and applied consistently to ensure children across Australia are equitably included and the distinction between parents, co-parents and step-parents not be inappropriately or unnecessarily blurred”.

This second reading amendment was circulated in the chamber this morning as sheet 5618.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Hutchins)—Would you like to speak to it?

Senator HANSON-YOUNG —I do not need to speak to it. I would just like it put.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The question is that the amendment be agreed to.