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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 40

(Question No. 1476)


Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 November 1986:

(1) Can the Minister advise why it is that single defence personnel without family who do not live in defence accommodation are not being allowed full removals on posting, and why it is that single public servants without family who live in private accommodation are allowed full removals on posting.

(2) Can the Minister advise what action it is intended to take to see that this discrimination against single defence personnel without family is removed. (See answer to Question without Notice, Hansard, 16 October 1986 p. 1470)


Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The arrangements provided for Defence and Australian Public Service personnel for removals on posting are set out in the answer of the Minister for Defence to Question No. 1475.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission established by the recently enacted Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 has wide power to receive and investigate complaints of discrimination contrary to the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and the international instruments annexed to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act. A member of the Defence Force who considered that any aspects of the arrangements applicable to the member's removal on posting were discriminatory in terms of any of these provisions would be entitled to lodge a complaint with the Commission.