Tax Laws Amendment (Superannuation Contributions Splitting)
10 November 2005
Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (10.26 am)—Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to express very briefly some concern on behalf of many of my constituents that the superannuation contribution splitting does not apply to same-sex couples. The member for Riverina pointed out that the way that 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.
Given that 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.