The fate of Queensland’s civil union laws could be known as early as this month with the Queensland Attorney-General’s office last week confirming that a final proposal would be brought to cabinet “within a few weeks”.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie (pictured) is examining the possibility of a full or partial repeal of the laws and sought legal advice on all available alternatives last month, saying “all options are on the table”.
Before the election, then Opposition Leader Campbell Newman 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.
Action on civil unions was also not mentioned in the new Liberal National Party’s (LNP) first 100-day plan released just prior to their election victory.
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.
The LNP opposed the laws when they were debated in Parliament last year and voted against the amendments.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk told the Star Observer that the premier’s position and that of his government remained unclear.
“The new attorney-general has made contradictory statements about repealing the legislation, but also said he does not want to erode people’s rights,” she said.
“The Newman Government needs to clearly state their position on this issue and explain where their reconsideration of the legislation leaves these people.
“People want certainty not uncertainty.”
458 civil unions had been registered since their introduction in February.