NSW Legislative Council inquiry in same-sex couples being able to adopt

February 25, 2009

The NSW Legislative Council is currently conducting an inquiry into same-sex couples being able to adopt children.

I made a submission to the inquiry, and below is a draft of its substance:

It is clear that the objectives of the Adoption Act are focussed on the needs of children, and this must be the focus of the Inquiry. In effect, it could be considered that there is a relatively simple question for this Inquiry to examine:


Would it be better for children if they were able to be adopted by same-sex couples than if they were not able to be adopted by same-sex couples?


If the Inquiry determines that the answer to this question is yes, then it follows that the relevant legislation should be amended to allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Government not acting on same-sex relationship law reform

July 13, 2007

I havn’t written many posts recently as I’ve been very busy with work and other activities, but I thought I’d write a quick one.According to this story in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Justice Kirby has appealed to the Government to alter the law so that his partner, Johan von Vloten, would receive a spouse pension if he outlived the judge, 68, who retires in two years.

Justice Kirby is understood to have written to the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, seeking a change in the law so that Mr Vloten, his partner of 38 years, could receive a part-pension of about $140,000 a year.

But a spokeswoman for Mr Ruddock said last night the Government would not support amending the Judges’ Pensions Amendment Bill to extend pension rights to same-sex partners.

The Government would not be dealing with one aspect of the same-sex entitlements in isolation from other areas affected by the same-sex issue, the spokeswoman said.

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