Dec 07, 2007
Quickie Link: ACT to Hold off on Gay Unions Bill
(Australia) - The decision follows talks today between ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell and federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland, who voiced concerns about the Territory's proposal. The ACT Government had planned to introduce the legislation in February. Mr Corbell described the meeting as very constructive but said the two parties had agreed to further talks at a departmental level about the issue. "This means the ACT won't be able to present its legislation in February,'' he said. "The Commonwealth minister indicated he does have concerns with the proposed arrangements.'' The meeting came after former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock used his power to block ACT laws, saying they contradicted the federal Marriage Act.