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May 30th, 2019 by admin

Govt endorsing rights for gays

The Prime Minister's office is preparing a cabinet submission on the issue after a concerted campaign by Liberal MPs, The Australian reports.

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It is understood major elements of the package include equal access to the Medicare safety net and the couples' rate threshold for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Under current laws, married or de facto heterosexual couples without children qualify for the 80 per cent rebate under the Medicare safety net after reaching $716 in out-of-pocket expenses between them.

But same-sex partners are not considered a couple, which means their expenses have to be double before they qualify for the safety net.

The Australian reports that discrimination in migration law, social security and tax could also form part of the reform plan, including the superannuation contribution rebate.

Meanwhile, the Australian Greens have tried to revive the civil unions debate by introducing a bill that would give same-sex couples the same legal recognition as married couples.

In parliament today, Greens Senator Kerry Nettle introduced the Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill, which proposes changing the Marriage Act to define marriage as "the union of two persons, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, voluntarily entered into for life".

In her second reading speech tabled in parliament today, Senator Nettle said freedom of sexuality and gender identity was a fundamental human right.

"Australians of diverse sexuality or gender identity should immediately gain the legal right to marry, to publicly proclaim and celebrate their love and commitment, and ensure full legal and social recognition of their relationship," she said.

Debate on the bill was adjourned.