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2006 HREOC media release: Canberra Public Hearing Same Sex: Same Entitlements National Inquiry

Commission Commission – General

18 October 2006



Attention: Journalists/Chiefs of staff

Canberra Public Hearing

Same Sex: Same Entitlements National Inquiry
Discrimination against People in Same-Sex Relationships: Financial and Work-Related Entitlements and Benefits

When: Friday, 20 October, 2006
Where: Gifford Room, Pilgrim House Conference Centre, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

The last public hearing for the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements National Inquiry will be held in Canberra. The Inquiry is conducting an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.

The Canberra hearing is the final opportunity for media to listen to members of the public present their stories about how discriminatory laws have had a direct impact on their lives. It will also allow organisations to expand on their submissions to the Inquiry.

More than 350 submissions were received in response to the first discussion paper released when the National Inquiry was launched in April 2006. A second discussion paper and detailed research paper were released on 28 September 2006. The Inquiry is now inviting comments on the second discussion paper by 3 November 2006.

The hearing will be conducted by Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes AM.

9.00 - 9.30am:
Arrive, Coffee/Tea
9.30 - 9.40am:
Welcome, HREOC
Graeme Innes AM, Human Rights Commissioner
9.40 - 9.50am:
Gary Fan and Wayne Lodge (Personal Story)
9.50 - 10.00am: John Curmi (Personal Story)
10 - 10.10am: Penelope Morton (Personal Story)
10.10 - 10.20am: Brian McKinlay and James Kim (Personal Story)
10.20 - 10.30am: Tony Whelan (Personal Story)
10.30 - 11am: Heidi Yates
11 - 11.20am Break
11.20 - 12.00pm: Good Process
Heidi Yates and Llewellyn Reynders
12.00 - 12.30pm:

Simon Corbell MLA
Attorney General
Minister for Planning
Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Representative TBC
Dept. of Justice and Community Safety


12.30 - 1.00pm: Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Amy Kilpatrick
ACT Convenor
1.00pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
1.30 - ACT Human Rights Office
Jenny Earle
Human Rights and Discrimination Law Policy Officer
2 - 2.30pm: Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association
John Coleman
Federal Secretary
2.30pm: Close

For a schedule of Inquiry consultations, written summary of the testimonies and audio files see:

The second discussion paper is available at:

All submissions can be found on the Commission's website at:

For more information about the Inquiry, see:

Media contact: Gail Heathwood on (02) 9284 9834


Last updated 28 September, 2006