ACT Labor is calling on the Greens to back its proposed improvements to the territory’s civil union laws, telling them not to block good changes just because they want a “perfect” outcome.
The government has introduced legislation that effectively reinstates the 2006 civil union laws that were struck out by the then federal Coalition government, which argued they were too similar to marriage. A watered down version, which is still in place, eventually replaced it.
The Greens supported the 2006 laws, but legal affairs spokesman Shane Rattenbury said, while he supported the intent of the bill, it was the wrong time to debate it. He feared the bill could “distract and undermine the national marriage equality debate”.
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