Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said federal legislation must
be amended to allow all same-sex couples to access each other’s
superannuation, at today’s public hearing to inquire into same-sex
couples’ superannuation entitlements in Melbourne.
Senator Hanson-Young, who is a member of the Senate Standing
Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, said there was still
work to be done to achieve equality for same-sex couples. “It’s great
that we’ve seen some proposed changes to Commonwealth law to remove
discrimination towards same-sex couples, but let’s not hide from what
still needs to be fixed.
“The Government’s proposed piece of legislation will provide for
superannuation entitlements for same-sex couples who have Commonwealth
super schemes, but those who have commercial super schemes are still
being discriminated against,” she said.
“However, 89 per cent – an overwhelming majority - of Australians
have their super tied up in private funds. This clearly does not
mandate that all same-sex couples are entitled to access each other’s
Senator Hanson-Young said the Greens would move amendments in the
Senate to ensure that all same-sex couples receive superannuation
entitlements, regardless of whether their scheme is Commonwealth or
commercial. “We want to have this mandated in Commonwealth law,” she
“Equality should be universal, not peppered with big loopholes,” concluded Senator Hanson-Young.