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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 28

Senator CHRIS EVANS (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (11:08 AM) —I would like to indicate that Labor will be opposing the Democrat requests, and I will outline why in a second. I indicated to Senator Greig that I had some concerns about the technical wording of the amendment, which I want to clarify—and I know these issues come up periodically. My concern is that the requests for amendments seem to encompass a much broader range of relationships than what we have understood to be same-sex couples. I made the point that the definition seemed to include father and son relationships et cetera because it was talking about interrelationship. I wanted to be clear as to the intent of these—whether it is, in effect, meant to be a same-sex couple amendment and whether you could clarify that. That is a minor point. I wanted to indicate on behalf of Labor why we will not be supporting those amendments on this occasion, but I thought there might be a technical flaw as well so I wanted to raise that. It is not a huge point, but if Senator Greig has something to say that might help with that then that would be useful. Otherwise we will take that matter up privately.