Thursday, May 22, 2008

SBS TV - "Greens back call for gay access to family court" by AAP

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle. (AAP)
The Australian Greens have backed calls by a former senior judge to extend Family Court protections to same-sex couples.

Professor Alastair Nicholson, a former chief justice of the court, has called on the Rudd government to allow same-sex couples access to the Family Court to settle property disputes.

He also has asked the government to recognise state civil union registries in federal law.

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle intends pursuing the government on the issue during next week's senate estimates hearings.

The measures should be included in reforms the government was drafting that would remove same-sex discrimination from federal laws, she said.

"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," Senator Nettle said in a statement.

"Labor cannot have a bob each way on discrimination - either they support equal rights or they are for discrimination."

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