Queensland’s new Attorney-General has called for legal advice on the state’s civil union laws, saying “all options are on the table”.
The Australian reports that Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has sought legal advice from his department, canvassing all available alternatives including a full or partial repeal of the laws.
There are at least 100 same-sex civil unions registered in Queensland that would be affected by any change, although Bleijie has said the topic was open for discussion.
“I simply asked for the advice. I’m not in any rush to do it, but we’re not going to let it drag on to be a political circus. We want a resolution to it,” Bleijie told The Australian.
Before the election, then Opposition Leader Campbell Newman (pictured) said he would not repeal the laws if it left couples in ‘legal limbo’ and that a repeal wasn’t a priority if he won the election.
Bleijie agreed that a repeal would be an “untenable situation” to put couples through if they had the certificate and it caused them to lose rights, but argued that there may not be rights to take away in the first place.
“It may be the case that this legislation created no more legal rights than for anyone else across the country. Everything is open for discussion,” he said
The Liberal National Party opposed the laws when they were debated in Parliament last year and voted against the amendments.