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In a joint media release issued on 10 December 2008, the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, Senator Nick Sherry, and the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, welcomed new superannuation reforms marking a significant step forward in the recognition of same-sex relationships.

The Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws-Superannuation) Act 2008 received Royal Assent on 4 December 2008. The Act also amends the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993, making it easier for regulated superannuation funds to recognise same-sex relationships from 1 July 2008.

"We encourage all superannuation funds across Australia to make provision for same-sex couples and their children so that this discrimination is completely removed from the superannuation industry," Senator Sherry said.

For a copy of the joint media release, No 2008/092, 10 December 2008, go here.

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