Equal Rights Network, has welcomed recognition of same sex couples in superannuation as an important step towards full legal equality for LGBT people.
Australia's national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights lobby, the Equal Rights Network, has welcomed recognition of same sex couples in superannuation as an important step towards full legal equality for LGBT people.
Spokespeople, Matthew Loader and Jen Van-Achteren, said that many same sex couples will benefit from the agreement struck yesterday between the Government and the Australian Democrats which will see same sex couples recognised as "interdependents".
"This reform does not deliver full equality for same sex relationships in superannuation legislation, but it is an important breakthrough after many years of pushing for change", Ms Van Achteren said.
"There will be practical benefits to many same sex couples, and it sets an important precedent for recognising same sex relationships in other areas of federal jurisdiction from medicare through the military to migration."
Mr Loader acknowledged the contributions of many people to superannuation reform.
"Past and present parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, including Brian Greig and Anthony Albanese, are to be commended for tirelessly fighting for same sex couple rights in superannuation", Mr Loader said.
"Just as important have been community advocates like Greg Brown who
made great sacrifices in the pursuit of justice."
For more information contact Jen Van-Achteren on 0401 054 003 or
Matthew Loader 0411 224 067
Submitted by ILGA member
Australian Bisexual Network
EQUAL RIGHTS NETWORK
Media Statement, 23.6.04