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Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

 

 

At the end of the motion, add:

                   but while the Senate does not decline to pass the bill, it notes:

                     (a)  that it is intended to replace the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, and that despite three successive Attorneys-General committing to streamline and modernise anti-discrimination and human rights law via that instrument, this Bill shows that this government has no intention to do so;

                     (b)  this Bill’s preservation of sections 37 and 38 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 , and indeed its extension of these exemptions for religious bodies to discriminate on the grounds of newly protected attributes, represents another missed opportunity;

                     (c)  that not only has this Government declined to modernise federal anti-discrimination laws generally, it has also declined to address some of the most pronounced cases where an organisation can deny a person’s human right to freedom from discrimination; and

                     (d)  the Government’s statement that the Commonwealth legislation is not intended to cover the field with respect to jurisdictions with more advanced anti-discrimination law, and that it intends for state protections from discrimination to operate concurrently with the federal law.