This section briefly discusses the historical situation in those jurisdictions, which lack registered partnerships for same-sex or opposite-sex couples. On 27 Maythe then federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddockintroduced a bill,  intending to incorporate the-then common law definition of marriage into the Marriage Act Connect Contact Us.
External Link: Adelaide same-sex couples. The new definition of can opposite sex couples have civil unions in Albury or spouse, "two people in a relationship whether or not it's sexual", was embedded into 80 pieces of legislation, giving same-sex couples rights in making decisions about a partner's health, provides for guardianship when a partner is incapacitated, and gives same-sex couples equal access to a partner's public sector pensions.
Guardian Australia. Organisation Intersex International Australia. Greenwich, Alex; Robinson, Shirleene Civil partnerships, commonly referred to as civil unions, have been legal in Queensland since April
Retrieved 6 October Consequently, a same-sex couple receives the same rate of social security and family assistance payments as an opposite-sex couple. Ms Mudford agrees, and says the fear that asking questions about sexual orientation could be seen as "intrusive" or "sensitive" is part of the problem.