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1

What raised public awareness that male homosexuality was a crim offence?

1st Mardi Gras in 1978

2

Crimes Amendment Act (NSW)

1984
decriminalised homosexuality

3

Property (Relationships) Legislation Amendment Act (NSW)

1999
included same-sex couples in property division laws & a large no. existing laws

4

What did Property (Relationships) Legilsation Amendment Act 1999 (NSW) reveal?

growing recognition & acceptance of same-sex relationships & society's changing values

5

What act redefined marriage & prevented same-sex marriages from occuring/being recognised in Australia

Marriage Legislation Amendment Act 2004 (Cth) amended the Marriage Act 1961

6

What did the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) 'Same-Sex: Same Entitlements' report into the impact of discriminatory laws & their impact on same-sex couples and their children find?

2006: 58 discriminatory laws that breached the ICCPR (civil & political) in area of financial and work-related entitlements

7

What else did the 2006 Same-Sex: Same Entitlments find?

Many laws discriminated children of same-sex couples & breached CROC- weren't in child's best interest

8

What did the 2006 Same-Sex: Same Entitlements recommend?

that laws be amended to eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples & their children, & so they were in best interests of the child.

9

What were some of the main changes to legislation in 2008 following the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements report?

-Same-Sex Relationship (= Treamtemtn in Cth Laws-Superannuation)
-Same-Sex Relationship (= Treamtemtn in Cth Laws-General Law reform)
-Veterans Entitlement Act 1986 amended in 2009

10

Adoption Amendment (Same-Sex Couples) Act introduced after what?

2010
Parliamentary Inquiry
But biological parents & faith-based agencies can refuse

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What are non-legal responses to this issue?

AHRC
Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby

12

What did case of Hope & Brown v. NIB Health Fund Ltd. 1995 do?

recognised rights of same sex couples to family status, thus qualifying them for family insurance

13

What happened in case Hope & Brown v. NIB Health Fund Ltd. 1995 do?

NIB Health Fund didn't recognise the couple as a family - didn't fit definition, making it more expensive for Hope & Brown.

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What did case of R v. McEwen do?

1996
extended an existing 'battered women's syndrome' into domestic same sex relationships

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