Queensland Opposition Leader Campbell Newman has reversed his position on the state’s civil partnership legislation, telling the audience at an Australian Christian Lobby event last night that he’d repeal it if he wins government.
Newman has previously said he would not repeal the legislation if a civil partnership had been registered and formalised in Queensland before the next election.
“In relation to civil unions [and] gay marriage our position is very clear, we voted against the Bill and we’ve said that if we get into government, we will repeal it,” Newman said at the event in Ashgrove.
“That may not be possible, you can see right now in the media the Labor Party are basically trying to push couples to come forward.
“I’ve said before I don’t want to leave couples in legal limbo, but that’s the very strong position of my entire parliamentary team, my candidates across the state and my party.
Newman would be able to repeal civil unions by putting forward legislation amending the Acts affected by the recent changes laws – of which there are over 20.
Couples could have their status as civil partners revoked or, if maintained, would mean the state had a small class of legally recognised pairs similar to the legal chaos created after California’s repeal of their same-sex marriage laws.
Over 100 unions have been registered in Queensland since the legislation took effect last Thursday. Ceremonies will begin from March 5.
In an interview with the Brisbane Times in December, Newman said he would not contemplate scrapping the law if civil unions had already occurred because of the impact on couples who had entered into such partnerships.
“If that had occurred that would obviously be an unacceptable and intolerable situation for them, so in that scenario we wouldn’t be doing anything,” he said.
Newman has also previously said he supports same-sex marriage, but would not campaign for its legalisation.