Queensland government plans to reintroduce civil partnerships

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The Attorney General of the Australian state of Queensland has said she has been briefed on how to reintroduce civil partnerships.

In June 2012 Queensland will removed gay couples’ ability to have children through surrogacy and downgraded civil partnerships to the class of ‘registered relationships’, after a debate in Parliament.

But now that a new Labor government is in place, Yvette D’Ath has said the new government will make good on its election pledge to reintroduce civil partnerships.

Speaking to Fairfax Radio, she said: “It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak.”

Declining to mention when the plans will materialise, D’Ath said the issue was about equality and fair treatment for same-sex couples in Queensland.

“We have made it clear we will change this back. We’re putting in place [measures] to do that now,” the attorney-general continued.