Nov 10, 2005

Super Contribution Splitting must apply to Same Sex Couples

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.”