Same-Sex Discrimination and Commonwealth superannuation schemes

Robert McClelland
has introduced  the
Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws –
Superannuation) Bill 2008
to remove same-sex
discrimination from Acts governing Commonwealth superannuation schemes.

The Bill makes amendments so that same-sex couples are
no longer denied the payment of death benefits from superannuation
schemes or the tax concessions on death benefits currently made
available to opposite-sex couples.

The superannuation schemes covered by the reforms are:

  • the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
  • the scheme under the Superannuation Act 1922
  • the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme
  • the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Scheme
  • the Judges’ Pensions Scheme
  • the Federal Magistrates Disability and Death Benefits Scheme
  • the Governor-General Pension Scheme, and
  • the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme.

Commonwealth superannuation schemes, such as the Military
Superannuation and Benefits Scheme and the Public Sector Superannuation
Scheme, will be amended by delegated legislation. 

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