ra_sar: (G'eh?)
ra_sar ([personal profile] ra_sar) wrote2009-01-05 03:43 pm

attn: australians or those who know about australian federal law

Other than the Superannuation act that passed last month, what other federal laws provide benefits to same-sex couples in Australia?

[identity profile] canpin.livejournal.com 2009-01-06 09:44 am (UTC)(link)
the act that passed last month also meant that de facto couples (which here, encompasses same sex couples) are now covered by the federal family court system on the event of a relationship breakdown- instead of the state court systems. this includes de facto spousal maintenance, property settlement, parenting orders etc.

does that make sense? as far as i know, social security legislation ignores the issue, and i have a feeling the state courts have used equitable principles to deal with things like child support for same sex couples...does this all make sense?

we wrote an essay on the bill that was passed last month - about how it changes the law, especially in the event of a relationship breakdown- if you would like a good overview. otherwise i can recommend a good text

sorry that this is all rambly but i haven't been near it for a month and i have been at work all day...

[identity profile] ra-sar.livejournal.com 2009-01-06 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd love to take a look at your paper and/or any other text you know of... I'm answering a question for my former boss who is answering a question for a person on the Obama transition team, so, the more info the better. :-)