Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
42
Summary
Amends 68 Acts to: extend the meaning of ‘de facto partner’, ‘child’ and ‘parent’ to include same-sex relationships; introduce a tracing rule to identify family relationships; and provide for transitional arrangements, including empowering the Governor-General to make regulations of a transitional nature. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
04 Sep 2008Introduced and read a first time
04 Sep 2008Second reading moved
22 Sep 2008Second reading debate
23 Sep 2008Second reading debate
24 Sep 2008Second reading agreed to
24 Sep 2008Third reading agreed to
Senate
24 Sep 2008Introduced and read a first time
24 Sep 2008Second reading moved
12 Nov 2008Second reading debate
12 Nov 2008Second reading agreed to
12 Nov 2008Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
24 Nov 2008Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 107 Government agreed to

Requests details: 2 Government agreed to
House of Representatives
25 Nov 2008Consideration of Senate message

Details: House made Senate requested amendments
Senate
26 Nov 2008Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
27 Nov 2008Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments


27 Nov 2008Text of bill as passed both Houses
09 Dec 2008Assent

Act no.: 144

Year: 2008

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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