SUPER CONTRIBUTION SPLITTING MUST APPLY TO SAME SEX COUPLES: ALBANESE
MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
10 November 2005
Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, today in Parliament reiterated his concern that same-sex couples still did not have access to equal rights for superannuation.
The Government’s introduction of income splitting for superannuation will not apply to same-sex couples.
Mr Albanese said, “The way many families organise their workplace changes has changed substantially in recent times. Many stay-at-home men will benefit from this legislation as will stay-at-home women, but same-sex couples are excluded.”
Mr Albanese continued, “Given same-sex relationships are recognised in the terrorism bills coming before the parliament this afternoon, I think the government really needs to be consistent with this legislation.”
“It made substantial fanfare in suggesting that it was going to achieve equality for same-sex couples when it came to superannuation. This is yet another example of what it has said in fact not being the case. It is a flaw in this legislation which I would ask the minister to consider rectifying when this bill gets to the Senate.”
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.