Tuesday, 22 September 2009

ACT to legislate for civil unions

The ACT Labor government is supporting moves by the ACT Greens to legalise civil unions in the ACT.

It is likely that any move will be vigorously opposed by the Rudd government, which has remained clearly opposed, as did the Howard government before it, to the ACT legislating for civil unions.

The Federal Government has the power to disallow ACT legislation, because the Commonwealth retains ultimate control over laws passed by the territories.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell is pressing ahead with the move, which he says is in accordance with ALP policy, even though he acknowledges that the move is likely to be "futile".

For more, see the video on the ABC website.

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