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Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Page: 6796


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (6:33 PM) —by leave—I move Greens amendments (3) to (6) on sheet 5634:

(3)    Schedule 2, page 24 (before line 20), before item 76, insert:

75A  Title

After ‘marital’, insert ‘or couple’.

75B  Preamble

After ‘marital’ (twice occurring), insert ‘or couple’.

75C  Subsection 3(b)

After ‘marital’, insert ‘or couple’.

75D  Subsection 4(1) (definition of de facto spouse)

Repeal the definition.

75E  Subsection 4(1) (definition of marital status)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

marital or couple status means the status or condition of being:

              (a)    single; or

              (b)    married; or

              (c)    married but living separately and apart from one’s spouse; or

              (d)    divorced; or

              (e)    widowed; or

               (f)    in a registered relationship, in accordance with section 22B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901; or

              (g)    in a de facto relationship, in accordance with section 22C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

75F  Subsection 4(1) (definition of near relative)

Omit paragraph (b), substitute:

              (b)    the spouse of the first-mentioned person or of a person referred to in paragraph (a); or

              (c)    a person who is a partner of the first-mentioned person or of a person referred to in paragraph (a):

                    (i)    in a registered relationship, in accordance with section 22B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, or

                   (ii)    in a de facto relationship, in accordance with section 22C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

(4)    Schedule 2, page 25 (after line 25), after item 81, insert:

81A  Section 6

After “marital” (wherever occurring), insert “or couple”.

Note:   The heading to section 6 is altered by omitting “marital status” and substituting “marital or couple status”.

81B  Paragraph 7D(b)

After “marital”, insert “or couple”.

(5)    Schedule 2, page 26 (after line 20), after item 83, insert:

83A  Subsection 11(2)

After “marital”, insert “or couple”.

(6)    Schedule 2, page 27 (after line 27), after item 84, insert:

84A  Sections 14 to 27, 35, 38, 39, 41A, 41B, 42 and 48

After “marital” (wherever occurring), insert “or couple”.

These amendments relate to amending the definitions of a couple relationship in the Sex Discrimination Act, ensuring that when we talk about relationships we ensure that ‘or couple’ is inserted so that we encapsulate that this particular act will look after both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. It would read ‘marital or couple’, and obviously couple relates to same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

Question negatived.