l) Old campaigns, actions & notices
Support Civil Unions in the ACT
This action alert was issued by ACT LGBTI action group, Good Process, on Thursday March 30th 2006.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
The ACT Chief Minister has been receiving large
amounts of emails and currently has only about 20%
supporting the ACT Govt and 80% against and we know
how organised our opposition is. Remember the famous
13,000 to 100 on the Marriage Act amendment in 2004!
We need to put our voice behind the ACT people and the
Please let the federal politician’s know that those
who support their disciminatory actions are in fact in
the minority and that most fair-minded Australia's do
support recognising same-sex relationships and
Please personalise the message if you can, it gives it
more weight with politicians than a template letter.
If you are feeling despondent read some of the great
media coverage we have been getting. – We do have
supporters out there!!
Email addresses Politicians to Send the letters to are
at the bottom of this email – Pls Fwd this onto your
The Australian federal government, through public
statements made by the Prime Minister, John Howard MP,
and the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock MP, has
previously gone on the record to state that it would
not interfere with a State or Territory's decision to
enact civil union legislation. And yet today I read
that it is threatening to overturn the Australian
Capital Territory (ACT's) Civil Unions Bill 2006. Can
you please explain going back on your express promise?
The Civil Unions Bill (ACT) 2006 specifically states
that a civil union is NOT a marriage. The Civil Unions
Bill (ACT) 2006 was drafted with the intention of
giving equal rights and recognition to all committed
and consensual relationships in the ACT in terms of
ACT law. Can you please explain why you have a problem
It is surely clear to the Federal Government that the
Civil Unions Bill (ACT) 2006 only has the
power/ability to end discrimination against same sex
couples in terms of ACT law and in the ACT
jurisdiction. It does not effect Commonwealth law nor
does it purport to extend beyond the ACT's
jurisdiction. An ACT civil union is not a 'marriage'
therefore it does not conflict with federal law, ie
the Marriage Act, under the powers delegated to
federal government in the Constitution. Any steps that
the Federal Government takes to overturn this
legislation are a blatant abuse of their powers
relating to Territory governance.
By claiming that the Civil Union Bill is 'marriage by
another name' the Federal Government is conveniently
glossing over the discrimination that couples
undertaking a civil union in the ACT would still
suffer under federal law. As long as the Federal
Government refuses to recognise same-sex relationships
in federally legislated areas like Taxation,
Superannuation and Social Security, a State or
Territory-based Civil Union WILL NEVER be 'marriage by
another name' because a couple who undertakes a Civil
Union will not be entitled to the rights enjoyed by
married couples under federal law. Such
discrimination will remain regardless of whether or
not the Civil Union ceremony is performed by a
Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant.
I wonder how you personally justify treating myself
and others in the community as second class citizens.
I pay taxes and I am a law abiding productive citizen.
This government is not just shutting out the gay and
lesbian community with its actions in opposing the
Civil Unions Bill (ACT) 2006. It is insulting gay and
lesbian people's friends and family who love and
support them. This adds up to a lot more people than
you imagine, I suspect.
I sincerely hope you reconsider your threat against
the ACT bill on civil unions.
To send to PM and Ruddock, please cut and paste your
letter into the online forms on their websites, the
links are here:
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Australia's are suppose to be equal so why is the Federal government living in fear and ignorance on this issue?