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

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

14 October 2008

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008
ISBN 978-0-642-71981-2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 486KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 81KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 108KB)
Recommendations (PDF 114KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 121KB)

Purpose of the Bill
Conduct of the inquiry
Scope of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Overview of the Bill (PDF 170KB)

Background to the Bill
Purpose and key provisions

Chapter 3 - Key issues (PDF 292KB)

Model definition - ’de facto partner’
Parent-child relationships
Consistency in Commonwealth Acts
Adverse implications of the Bill
Commencement dates and an education campaign
Scope of the same-sex law reforms
Committee view

Additional comments by Liberal senators (PDF 173KB)

’Spouse’ and ’de facto partner’
Multiple relationships
’Child as a product of a relationship’
’Step child’ and ’step-parent’
Conflicting definitions
Time for the inquiry

Additional comments by Senator Hanson-Young (PDF 171KB)

Definition of a child
Education Campaign
Protection of vulnerable demographics
Umbrella term for couple relationship
International recognition of registered relationships
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
Migration Act 1958
Amendment to the Marriage Act 1961

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 116KB)

Submissions received from organisations
Submissions received from individuals
Standard letters and form letters

Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 111KB)


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794