The organisations that urged the Federal Parliament to quickly adopt the same-sex equality reforms are preparing to change their stance in light of the grassroots call for a grandfather clause.

As same-sex couples on pensions began to realise their fortnightly payments will be cut from the singles’ rate to the couples’ rate, more GLBT community groups and leaders have been demanding to know why advocates hadn’t demanded a grandfather clause.

Such a clause would allow those already benefiting from the discrimination to keep the higher pension rates, but Attorney-General Robert McClelland ruled it out on Melbourne radio station JOY 94.9FM last month.

ACON, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Positive Life, the Welfare Rights Centre, People with Disability Australia, and the National LGBT Health Alliance are preparing to issue a new joint policy position on Monday 16 February during a forum on the social security changes and their impact.

The issues around the changes to Centrelink payments under the Same-Sex Relationships Act which come into force on 1 July are of concern to many in our community. We are also aware that many of you are seeing clients who are very upset and are asking for information, ACON wrote to their volunteers last week.

info: The information forum will be held at ACON Sydney, 9 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills on 16 February, 6pm-8pm.
Details: 9206 2048.

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