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Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2009


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Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends: the Age Discrimination Act 2004 to remove the 'dominant reason' test; the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to: provide an explicit and positive duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities (which responds to the 2003 High Court decision of Purvis); respond to the Full Federal Court case of Forest in relation to carers, assistants and aids; clarify the defence of unjustifiable hardship; and replace the 'proportionality test' in the definition of indirect discrimination; 24 Acts to reflect the name change of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to the Australian Human Rights Commission; and the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make technical amendments.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03/12/08  
Second reading moved 03/12/08  
Second reading debate 11/02/09  
Second reading debate 12/02/09  
Second reading agreed to 12/02/09  
Third reading agreed to 12/02/09  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13/02/09  
Second reading moved 13/02/09  
Second reading debate 25/06/09  
Second reading agreed to 25/06/09  
Committee of the Whole debate 25/06/09 Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 25/06/09  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 25/06/09 Details: House agreed to Senate amendment
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 25/06/09  
Assent 08/07/09 Act no.: 70 - Year: 2009
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Government [sheet QF335]

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendment made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (04/12/2008): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Committee report (26/02/2009)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )