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Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Page: 6795


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (6:30 PM) —The first amendments that the Australian Greens had to this bill, amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 5634, reflected the second amendment that we moved in the superannuation entitlements bill. Given the fact that that did not get support, I will withdraw these amendments. But I would like to point out that I think it is disappointing that, despite various parts of this legislation referring to registered relationships, we are not prepared to put that into a definition of couple relationships and therefore give same-sex couples who have entered into and committed to a registered relationship the respect and significance due to the fact that this relationship is simply one that is only a de facto relationship but they have committed to something more than that, and that is registering their relationship. I am disappointed that this amendment was not supported in the superannuation bill and I am disappointed that I am withdrawing it now because it will not get support.