Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3648..
The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy of each referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.
Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill 2009
Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10:34): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I rise this morning to introduce a bill which has already received significant commentary. Personally I find some of that discussion somewhat confounding, but I will return to that later.
This is a bill to introduce legally recognised ceremonies into the Civil Partnerships Act 2008. A legally recognised ceremony will ensure that appropriate weight is given to the public act of entering into a civil partnership.
This bill is about giving full legal weight to a public declaration of love and shared commitment. This bill is about fully legitimising that declaration and giving it the legal weight it deserves. Couples entering into civil partnerships are making one of life's biggest commitments. The Greens believe that entry into a civil partnership deserves more than a simple registry process involving making an application on the papers. A legally recognised ceremony should be an option for couples, should they choose to have such a ceremony. Registry processes are appropriate for car registrations, property dealings and the like. That is, registry processes suit everyday, routine transactions just fine.