Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today joined former Family Court chief justice Alastair Nicholson in calling for legal recognition of registered same-sex relationships and give those couples access to the Family Court.
Professor Nicholson has argued that not to amend federal law to allow same-sex couples to access the Family Court 'would be a continuing breach of the human rights of lesbians and gay men and their families.
The first tranche of legislation to amend federal law to eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples is expected to be introduced next week with further amendments due in June.
Greens Senator Kerry Nettle saidI will be pursuing this matter with the Federal government next week in Senate Estimates and when I receive a briefing on the new legislation.
The government needs to ensure that they include the recognition of registered same-sex relationships in their same sex law reform package that we are due to see next week.
If the government fails to give registered relationships recognition under federal law, including access to the Family Court, then they will have failed the non-discrimination test.
If the government does not move to recognise state and territory registered relationships in federal law The Greens will move amendments to ensure that this occurs.
Labor cannot have a bob each way on discrimination. Either they support equal rights or they are for discrimination. The Greens will continue to push for full equality for same-sex couples.